External Reviews for Chapelle-St-Arnoux Côtes du Rhône Vacqueyras
The 2007 Vacqueyras Chapelle St.-Arnoux is nearly identical to the Jean-Marie Arnoux. I could not find much difference between the two in their composition, upbringing, texture, flavor, or intensity. It is a super, unfiltered effort. All these 2007s merit serious attention. Moreover, at the domaine, they are priced as low as 8-9 euros per bottle.
The 2009 Vacqueyras Chapelle St.-Arnoux (85% Grenache and 15% Syrah aged in tank) is similarly-styled although the fruit is even more prominent in this cuvee. Additionally, there is a less garrigue/pepper/lavender Provencal element to it. A rich, full-bodied, luscious wine, it is ideal for drinking over the next 4andndash;5 years.
Bright ruby. Heady, seductively perfumed bouquet of red and dark berries, potpourri and allspice, with notes of minerals and musky herbs adding complexity. Smooth, fleshy blackberry and cherry-cola flavors pick up an exotic Asian spice quality with air and show very good clarity. Finishes with good precision and a lingering floral quality.
Vacqueyras earned its own appellation in 1990. Before that, as in neighboring Gigondas, wines from this area were labeled as Côtes du Rhône-Villages. The Chapelle St. Arnoux is a prime example. Sturdy, bold and rustic, the wine has flavors reminiscent of herbs de Provence: wild thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel and savory. In addition, the flavors of black currants and blueberries emerge with peppery notes on the finish. This wine offers all the best qualities of the Southern Rhône at a fair price!