2011 Vacqueyras, Cuvée Lopy, Vieilles Vignes, Le Sang des Cailloux

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This celebrated old-vine cuvée is a blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah. Serge feels that the clue to Vacqueyras lies in finesse and that Syrah provides the answer here rather than Mourvèdre which is very modish elsewhere. The wine is rich and savoury, with notes of violets and raspberry coulis, camphor and licorice all dancing a very pleasing dance. Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer Serge Férigoule is a vigneron’s vigneron; hugely respected in the Rhône and, more than any other, responsible for the ascent of Vacqueyras to its current prestigious status. Beyond his trademark handle-bar moustaches and