Mas Du Bouquet

(Vacqueyras)

There are a number of small towns in the southern Rhône Valley, which can legally put their name on the label. Some are familiar (Gigondas) and others are just becoming recognized (Vacqueyras, Cairanne, Rasteau). Here’s a terrific example! Made by the grower, but the co-op bottled. Mostly Grenache, some Syrah. Rich enticing nose. Warm dark fruit. Strong powerful structure. Long spicy finish. Great vintage, fabulous wine!!

                 Brand:     Mas du Bouquet

     Appellation:    AOC Vacqueyras

        Color:    Red

   Grape Varieties:    65% Grenache – 35% Syrah

Vacqueyras is a charming little village of 900 inhabitants situated in the vineyard area of the “Comtat Venaissin” (the pope’s territory, during their short period in Avignon). Settled at the foot of “the Dentelles de Montmirail”, between Avignon and Vaison la Romaine, the village was awarded the authorization to carry its prestigious name on vintage wine in 1990, along side the illustrious Châteauneuf du Pape, Tavel, Lirac and Gigondas. The Cave des Vignerons de Vacqueyras, which vinifies the grapes of Domaine Mas du Bouquet, was created in 1957 by a handful of winegrowers who were eager to make known and appreciated the quality and specifity of Vacqueyras wines. Vineyards are growing on an ancient terrace of the Rhône carpeted with pebbles, a rough soil ideal for Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. This exceptional situation along with the strong rules set themselves by the winegrowers, have allowed a production of quality. Now the Cave counts 110 winegrowers, owning 933 ha of vineyards. It produces 55% of the Vacqueyras wines and it’s incontestably the flagship of the appellation.