Domaine des Tours Vin de Pays de Vaucluse 2012

This is just a “Vin de Pays” under French wine classification, above Vin de Table but below AOC or Appellation d’Origine Controlee. That does not matter a drop because Domaine des Tours is produced and owned by the famed Reynaud Family. Emmanuel Reynaud is the fourth-generation in charge and had taken over Chateau des Tours from his father Bernard. Then in 1997, when his uncle Jacques Reynaud died of a heart attack, he also assumed the reins at Chateau Rayas. Chateau des Tours is in Vacqueyras in the southern Rhone. Vin de Pays Vaucluse covers the department of Vaucluse in the western sections of Provence from Orange in the north to Avignon in the south. The Rhone is the border to the west. White, red and rosé are produced in this VdP. Domaine des Tours 2012 is comprised of grenache, counoise, syrah, cinsault and merlot. It is bright, shining ruby with a hint of tawny on the edge. Perfumed. Dried flowers, violets, over-ripe strawberries and blackcurrants. Sweetness of fruitiness. Suave and fresh in the same mouthful. A grip of tannins on the finish. Absolutely irresistible.

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