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Chateau Des Tours 2006 Vacqueyras

One of the world's great producers, Chateau Rayas, owns several "second" labels, including their entry level wines from Chateau des Tours. Of course, "entry level" is a relative term, considering that almost without exception any Rayas-owned wine is going to be stunning.

Though Rayas is prevalent in Chateauneuf du Pape and Cotes du Rhone in the Southern Rhone (and they dabble with some killer Syrah up in the Northern Rhone portion of Cotes du Rhone,) I have never seen a Rayas-produced Vacqueyras--- until now.

As expected, this wine is stellar. 100% Grenache, the Chateau des Tours Vacqueyras retails at $60, but can be found for as low as $51 if you look hard. It's got the elegance meets pure deliciousness I've come to expect from this producer, and of note it also had this Je Ne Sais Qua liveliness in the finish I almost always notice in Rayas reds. Tasting it almost feels like when a lightening bolt of creativity strikes you -- an aha! moment. It's something I can't get out of my head, even now, a week after I last tasted it. It's brilliance, beauty, and headiness. It makes you feel smart, somehow, perhaps because buying this bottle actually *is* smart.

This is ready to drink now. An hour if decanting will be rewarding, but it honestly doesn't need more than that. Ripe, gorgeous Rhone fruit. Enjoy.

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