2013 Domaine de la Charbonniere Vacqueyras
$34.00 per, 5% off 6, 10% off 12
We conduct a monthly lecture tasting at The Classic Café. That tasting was last night. Because this tasting series has become popular and generates good sales, we often get approached with impressive wines at very favorable price points, hence the price of this southern Rhone. The 2013 Charbonniere is all wild berry flavors, red, black and blue. This wine is spicy. Saffron, cinnamon and finally black pepper are
obvious throughout this big bodied red . The tannins are very integrated and appealing. Vacqueyras in general is known for great character and spice due to the rocky soil in which it must survive. Domaine de la Charbonniere is considered one of the top producers in the area that shows through. This Vacqueyras is a harmony of explosive flavors. Rex ( lamb, game, roasts, great with BBQ sauce ). Reviews below.
All the best, Rex & Michele
For those of you who do not know, some people call Cacqueyras the poor man's Chateauneuf du Pape...things have changed and they are worthy without that reference, nonetheless, it is a great wine!!! Michele
2013 Domaine de la Charbonniere Vacqueyras, France
Brilliant ruby. Black raspberry, lavender pastille and peppery spices on the fragrant nose. Powerful, deep red fruit flavors are lifted and focused by zesty acidity. Sweet, silky and energetic. Vacqueyras, with a spine of dusty minerality adding structure and gaining strength in the glass. Finishes floral and long, with gentle tannins adding shape to clinging red berry flavors.
Josh Raynolds, Vinious May 2015 90- 92 points
Grenache, Syrah. Vines 25-40 years old. Aged in large French oak tanks for nine months and then in enamelled tanks until bottling. Dark crimson. Real interest and juiciness. Dangerously open but fun. Lots of loose liquorice flavour and length. Definitely one of the better wines of the appellation. Jancis Robinson When to drink: 2016 to 2023
One of my favorite estates in the southern Rhone, Domaine de la Charbonniere is run with great passion and enthusiasm by Michel Maret, and more recently, by his two daughters. The Marets own nearly 44 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape, and one of their most under-valued and under-rated wines is their sensational Vacqueyras. They consistently produce four cuvees of Chateauneuf du Pape that are traditionally made, even though a handful of the wines spend time in small oak casks (although new oak is generally shunned at this estate). Other than one large parcel in the northwest sector of the appellation, Maret's biggest holdings are all in the eastern area of Chateauneuf du Pape. PARKER ON CHARBONNEIER
The 2013 Vacqueyras is still aging in mostly older barrels (5% new). Giving up plenty of plum, black raspberry, singed leather and distinct minerality, it's medium-bodied, nicely concentrated and has the bright acidity of the vintage. Moderately tannic, it has excellent mid-palate depth and will round into form nicely once in bottle. It should have upwards of a decade of longevity. eRobertParker.com.January, 2015
Domaine de la Charbonniere
Domaine de la Charbonniere was purchased by Eugene Maret in 1912. 90 years it is still a family-owned affair. The taciturn Michel Maret is a man of the soil, his reticence more than compensated by the eloquence of his wines, on the one hand, and the loquacious nature of his wife on the other. The two charming daughters, Véronique and Caroline, have found respective niches in the vineyard and the commercial function. All in all a complete and happy team, a facet once again echoed in the wines.Domaine de la Charbonniere owns 17.5 hectares of vineyards in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation, as well as 4 hectares in Vacqueyras. Michel produces wonderfully well balanced wines that combine intensity and depth of fruit with finesse and elegance.
Michel Maret produces a number of different cuvees all from low yields and all bottled without filtration. His village cuvee is one of the best value wines in the appellation while the Cuvée Traditionnelle is a model of balance and purity of fruit.