Òra, Domaine de la Verde, Vacqueyras

Domaine de la Verde

Regular price $66.00

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Country: France
Region: Vacqueyras, Southern Rhône
Grapes: 55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre.

Winemaker's notes: Selected from the best plots of our vineyard, with long ageing in concrete tanks and in new barrels, Òra is the ambassador of Domaine de La Verde, the quintessence of our vineyard, best expression of our terroir.

Aging: 66% in concrete tank & 34% (Syrah and Mourvèdre) in used French oak barrels (1 to 3 years old) for 16 months.

What the critics say: “The 2016 Vacqueyras Ora…strikes the right balance for this estate. It's bright, peppery and perfumed on the nose, but it's more concentrated than the Prélude bottling, with raspberry and cherry fruit, ample weight on the palate, supple tannins and lingering finish. It should drink well through 2025.” 91 - 93 points.
– Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

“The 2016 Vacqueyras ORA offers more finesse and elegance with beautiful aromatics (cassis, blackberry jam, flowers and spice), full-bodied richness and polished, silky tannin. It’s another seriously impressive effort worth checking out.” 91-93 points.

– Jeb Dunnuck

Awarded the Trophy of Raimbaut (2018) by the Syndicate of A.O.P Vacqueyras for the best Vacqueyras of the vintage.

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Domaine de la Verde is situated in western Vacqueyras, overlooking the Ouvèze River, against a backdrop of the Dentelles de Montmirail and Mount Ventoux. Spread across a single vineyard exclusively on lieu-dit La Verde, the estate's vines average 45 years, though some parcels are 80-100 years old. The soils are clay-limestone, with layers of galets (small river stones). Yields are low (18 - 34 hl/ha, depending on the cuvée). Low rainfall and abundant sunshine enable the grapes to ripen to perfect maturity, while the Mistral winds sweep away all excess humidity after the rain – a microclimate that imparts elegance and aromatic finesse to the wines.