Joncuas Vacqueyras 2017


Like their neighbor Jacqueline André in Chateauneuf du Pape, sisters Dany and Carol Chastan have run their family domaine for decades according to organic and biodynamic principles. The wines are all beautifully made, with minimal manipulation and no pretense. They practice old school winemaking — 100% whole clusters, ambient yeasts, no fining or filtering.

Their 2017 Vacqueyras is bold and meaty. It’s 80% grenache, and the rest Syrah and Mourvèdre. The nose bursts with distilled red fruits and spice, lavender, and earth. The mouth is rugged and smooth with excellent length and notes of tapenade, bay leaf, plums and licorice. It’s twice the intensity that $25 normally buys. Jancis Robinson found “succulent black fruit with good definition and purity,” and “lovely juicy fruit lingering on the finish.”

122 in stock

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