CLOS DE CAVEAU, Vacqueyras Organic Henri and Janet are the second generation of the Bungener family to exploit Clos de Caveau, a charming estate made up of a single 14-ha parcel. Grown at higher altitude (200m) than most other Vacqueyras estates, the vineyard is naturally isolated by a belt of Mediterranean forest, making it ideally suited for organic viticulture, for which the domain obtained full certification in 1989.
At this altitude and perfect sun exposure, the Syrah and Grenache vines produce suave, opulent wine with good natural freshness. Most of the work in the vineyard is carried out by hand and the yields are very limited.
Carmin Brilliant, one of the two Vacqueyras cuvée produced here, is a blend of 70% Syrah and Grenache.
Its impressively perfumed nose offers a suave bouquet of red berries, garrigue, anise and fruit cake. Opulent, sweet, expansive and mouth-filling, the lush red berry fruit builds in intensity before coating the entire palate. These flavours are enlivened by baking spices, herbs and gentle tannins.
“This Vacqueyras Carmin Brillant, which was macerated for nearly three months (very unusual) and then put in two year old barrels, is among the most concentrated wines I tasted from this vintage. A singular effort that must be admired, with extracts and density levels off the charts.” Robert Parker