2013DOureaVacqueyras2013 Domaine D’ Ourea, Vacqueyras, Rhone Red, France.
This gorgeous Vacqueyras is a mind blowing effort from a new young vigneron Adrien Roustan, who looks to be the next Rhone superstar and who is growing his grapes all biodynamic, and at some elevation which gives these wines some greater life and vigor. The Domaine D’ Ourea Vacqueyras especially this 2013, which it is assumed is mostly Grenache with a good dose of Syrah and Mourvedre, shows a real dark element and core with the Syrah varietal character shinning the brightest at this stage with exceptionally deep purple/garnet color, a heady violets and spice bouquet and loaded with blue fruits. The core of Roustan’s Vacqueyras is deep blueberry, boysenberry, sweet raspberry and wild plum fruit along with fresh cracked peppercorns, paprika and crushed stones as well as hints of black olives, creme de cassis, cedar, lavender and anise. This Domaine D’ Ourea Vacquetras is stunning in the glass and on the palate with a bit more vivid intensity and pitch than you’d expect from the Southern Rhone, it reminds me of the profiles you find in the marvelous wines of Domaine Gramenon and or Maxime Laurent, which is high praise as these producers are some of my favorites. I look forward to following the Adrien Roustan wines over the coming years, both his Gigondas and this impressive Vacqueyras, I’m certain these are going to be must have wines, and without question I’m going to get a few more of the 2013 Domaine D’ Ourea Vacqueyras, it is a thrilling effort with a pleasing mix of beautiful details with floral tones, meaty/savory elements, dense black fruits and earthy spices, this is truly awesome stuff, drink over the next 3 to 5 years!
($29 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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