Vacqueyras is a village in the Northern Vaucluse and has had Cru designation for more than 20 years. Domaine de Montvac is owned by Cécile Dussere, who represents the third generation of female ownership of the property (and since she has three daughters and no sons, there looks to be a fourth). The winery is named for the nearby Dentelles de Montmirail and the village of Vacqueyras. Mme. Dusserre is also the winemaker, producing Vacqueyras and Gigondas wines. Her husband, Phillipe Cartoux, manages the vineyard and owns and makes wine for an excellent winery of his own nearby, Domaine des Espiers. Montvac wines, like Mme. Dusserre herself, are fabulous. If you speak French, by all means stop by for a visit. She looks like the professional ballet dancer she trained to become, and she's knowledgeable, passionate about the wines, and fun above all. Plus, you'll get to drink spectacularly well.
First Vine is the first importer to bring Montvac wines to Washington, DC. The 2005 Cuvée Vincila is a specially-blended red made from 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. It's aged in oak, and the higher percentage of Syrah than typically found in Vacqueyras reds gives it an intriguing depth of flavor. Smooth and beautifully-balanced, the Vincila is just a tad bigger than the Vacqueyras red. The oak gives it richness and slight vanilla undertones that set of the fruit, leather, and tobacco notes.
Alaska, California, Virginia, and Washington DC
||Red Vacqueyras Wine
||Domaine de Montvac
||Now or hold 5-8 years
||14% alcohol by volume
Red meats, mushrooms, roasted vegetables, roasted garlic, robust cheeses