Note: I use a rating scale for which 85 represents a very good wine.
Good vintage + Good vintner = Good wine. Pretty simple here. Fairly standard S. Rhone palate. As others have noted, improved over time. I have one more, no need t rush, but I don't think more time will change much.
Very dark ruby, some iodine on the nose. Dry with some tart bitter tannins, chalky fruit, lemons. Need to wait a day, not in balance at all, 82 PnP. Overnight on the counter has resulted in marked improvement, bold cherry pit fruit, good body with tart tannins. Still on the raw side with VA prominent. It needs another night, 88 pts. Reading my previous notes, it is taking longer to come good than several years ago. Are we in a doub stage or what? Another night, nice nose with some orange, complex flavors of candied cherries, orange glaze with bacon bits, some tart candied tannins on the finish. Jolly Rancher Cherry with a nutty overtone. Still could us a few more years.
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I've been chasing this wine for months and (for some unknown reason?) it's been one of the toughest Southern Rhones for me to find in the vintage. Parker's comments regarding 2007 in Vacqueyras have made the best wines of the region arguably more difficult to come by than those of nearby Chateauneuf-du-Pape. At much lower prices, Vacqueyras appears to be the steal of 2007 and there was talk Arnoux was going to increase the price of this wine more in line with high-end Gigondas. That never materialized - scarcity took care of itself. The wine disappeared from the world market in a matter of weeks and I've had a devil of time securing any. Here's the only allocation I could muster, directly from Arnoux's cellar.
If you have any interest in this item, please let Niki know at your earliest convenience. I'll spare you the 2007 Southern Rhone dicta at this point - you already know what the reaction is going to be to a circa $16 wine of this pedigree...
FIRST COME FIRST SERVED up to 36/person until we run out
This parcel has perfectly provenance directly from the winery cellar:
2007 Arnoux Vacqueyras "Seigneur De Lauris"
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA
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