Robert Parker 89
The forward 2009 Vacqueyras Cuvee Azalis is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre and Cinsault from the limestone and red clay Galets Roules sector of the appellation. It exhibits elegant berry fruit notes intermixed with roasted herb, pepper, cedarwood, new saddle leather and spice. Medium to full-bodied and silky textured, it is ideal for drinking over the next 7-8 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2019
(70% grenache and 20% syrah, with mourvedre and cinsault): Deep ruby. Wild, highly perfumed bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves, smoky herbs and and potpourri. Blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors show serious intensity and pick up cracked pepper and licorice nuances with air. Fine-grained tannins add grip and shape to the long, chewy finish, which features a note of bitter cherry. This wine should age slowly.