Domaine La Garrigue is set in the heart of the Vacqueyras appellation in the Southern Côtes du Rhône, in the Vaucluse department of France. The estate buildings are just 2.5 km from the main village, on a plateau called Les Garrigues.
The estate was created in 1850, and has always been worked by the same family, spanning 6 generations. The Bernard family has always worked in respect of tradition, crafting authentic natural wines that are typical of the terroirs they came from.
The Climate is Mediterranean, characterised by lots of sunshine, low rainfall and lots of Mistral wind. The Mistral blows on around 120 days a year and is really good for vine health; limiting fungal disease including mildew or botrytis, and the climate is temperate.
The grapes grown on the eststae are Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. The Grenache Noir, which is our main variety, gives the wine roundness, fattiness and fruity aromas and flavours. The Syrah contributes colour and spicy notes while the Mourvèdre provides structure in the mouth. The Cinsault adds a touch of finesse.
All the grapes are harvested by hand, requiring a workforce of around thirty pickers, and the harvest lasts around a month.
The wines are matured in vats for a minimum of 18 months. The wines are neither filtered nor fined.
Only 1,000 cases of the wine are made every year, and it is highly sought after
The 2016 Vacqueyras is deep purple in colour with scents of red fruits, herbs de Provence and black pepper. Bruising flavours of sweet cherries and spice with a wonderful liquorice, herbs and spices – rustic and charming with a lingering finish!
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan
Serve with chargrilled steak dishes, dishes with wild mushrooms, grilled lamb or braised venison.