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Another terrific Southern Rhone wine, from a spectacular vintage that keeps putting a smile on our faces every time we find a new gem. The Alazard Family from Domaine Colline St. Jean have been winemakers for generations, and they understood with the 2007 how to transfer the perfect growing conditions into a wine with both power and finesse. 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre (more Syrah than it's Gigondas brother we had briefly) adds to the deep color, full-bodied nature of this wine, which is well structured and has fine, elegant tannins. A terrific value, but needs some time in the bottle or decanting, and can cellar for at least 5-7 years. Would be great for red meat dishes, goat cheese, blue cheese.
Located in the south of France, on the foot of Mont Dentelles de Montmirail in the village Vacqueyras, the estate Colline Saint Jean has belonged to the Alazard’s Family for generations. Roland Alazard and his son Cyril continue to preserve their time-honored methods for wine-making, and the grapes continue to be hand picked, carefully hand sorted, with an utmost respect to nature and the environment, just as their ancestors once did.
In between the better known Southern Rhone regions of Gigondas and Chateaneuf-du-Pape sits the new (as of 1990) AOC of Vacqueyras. Prior to their designation, the wines of Vacqueyras were sold as Cotes-du-Rhone Village, and were sought after for their big, bold and rustic qualities. While more similar to it's northern sibling of Gigondas, producing wines of power rather than grace, the wines from Vacqueyras generally use more Syrah in their blends, a quality which gives the wine a bit more structure like their Chateauneuf counterparts.