Bois Menestrel Vacqueyras 2006

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First of all, do not confuse the 'menestrel' with the word 'menestral'. And then second, see if you smell the anise? The Three C's I smell the ... Read more

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Snooth User: magoski
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02/03/2011

First of all, do not confuse the 'menestrel' with the word 'menestral'. And then second, see if you smell the anise? The Three C's I smell the raspberries. I smell White Pepper too. There is a freshness that I might venture to say a few reviewers out there are mistaking for Anise. This freshness is two things. The First is celery! Yes, celery. Just as the Gruner Veltliner grows on the foothills of the Alps, so to does the Vacqyeros ... mind you (neither of) these foothills are very steep, but each adds a distinct minerality to the wine - and this minerality comes to us in the form of 'celeri'. This is defining feature of these terroirs. The color, clarity (not that clear) and that celery make it perfectly clear that we are dealing with Wines from the begining foothils of the Alps. What differentiates the Vaqueyeros from all others (except perhaps for Gigondas and maybe Ghemi) is the specific minerality that comes from the glacial stones. And why the need for the stones? The Mistral. The Winds. There are very few Winds in the World like the Mistral; but there are indeed enough, and in every country, that there is not a human alive that cannot resist a comparison. There's the Winds of the Sahara and of the Skeleton Coast. There's the Winds of the Desert to the North of the Inca and the Winds that blow across Ladakh and Tibet. There's the Navajo Wind. And the Last Wind of Winter. There are the Winds of Time. And the Winds of the Coming Apocolypse. The Second is the Mistral That freshness you are smelling is the Mistral. That freshness is the Wind. Can you smell it. Can you smell that sky pouring down black ink on a setting Sun? Can you smell the drop in temperature that signals you the day is done? Can you smell that moment when the Winds Turn on You, "You don't have the Sun anymore", they say. You don't have the Sun anymore. Anything else before you taste? I get some Leather and a bit of the Funghi. You could initially smell Nebbiola (Ghemi or Gattinara). But the opacity says 'no way', "whatever this is, it's not grown in valleys within the Alps. This is too opaque to be Nebbiola (or any Northern Italian). And this is too bright for Brunello so you know it doesn't have a lot of aging, but then again, if there is enough rim variation to suggest ageing, then this is more a 'baby of Brunello' type wine. Here's where you'd think 'Baby Chateauneuf-du-pape'. Think GSM The ratio of required Grenache to required Syrah and/or required Mourvedre is different than in the Gigondas. 90% of the wine must come from these three varietals, of which 70% (50% in Gigondas) must be Grenache and 20% (15%-Gigondas) combined between the other two. What does this mean? Should we be listening to the Velvet Underground? Should we be covering our walls in Aluminum Foil? If we take the label at Face Value, then we'd be dealing with 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvdre; but I gotta tell you .... I detect Viognier. Or maybe .... maybe what I am tasting is the Wind. It's not floral enough to be Viognier, but if I am correct there would have been less than 1/2 a percent in here ... there's symphony of the Land here. Mineral, Vegetable, Floral, blossoms of all kinds and there's something human in here to. The Wind passing through Clothing Lines and Girl's Hair Milking Cows. Is this what I am tasting? The Mistral of the Rhone? Take another Taste. Turn the Chemcial Brother's Down. Alive Alone is a Great Song, but it's no reason to get distracted by. Don't turn it down! In fact, turn it up! Turn it up Loud! Turn it up as loud as it will go and stand up and rejoice in the fact that you are alive. Spin around and smile. Love life and don't forget t take a taste right now. And now tell me. DO you taste the tannins? Do you taste the parched and ry cherries? That slightly off putting back of the mouth bitterness? That's not Anise! That is the combination of Glacial Stones, Icy Winds and Picked Early grapes by Hungry Sacred Shitless by Ominous Weather in late August Farmers and Wine Makers and the villagers that depend on the profits of the annual crop. These folk are not into that British Mystic Shit. No Wicker Man here. No Burning Man here. Vacqueyeros allows these varietals in these percentages. Note the use of Rousanne and Viognier, which could technically be in the same percentages as something from the Northern Rhone, Hermitage and Cote Rotie included. Rouge: Min. 90% combined Grenache (min. 50%), Syrah and Mourvèdre (min. 20% combined Syrah and Mourvèdre); max. 10% combined Brun Argenté, Carignan, Clairette Rosé, Counoise, Muscardin, Piquepoul Noir, and Terret Noir; max. 5% combined Bourboulenc, Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Clairette and Marsanne



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