LVT 2015 r 2015 wh 2015 rosé Traditional wines, up and down quality. The Vacqueyras range has improved since the early 2010s. Try the Seigneur de Lauris, for instance, which is also good in the Gigondas. The Côtes du Rhône Villages Genus red was **** in 2014, when tasted pre-bottling.
LVT 2013 r Very reliable source of traditionally style reds, led by the Vacqueyras, where the Cherons have been established for several decades
LVT 2014 r 2015 wh A very reliable source of traditional Vacqueyras, emphasis on hearty drinking with a softening over time. VALUE red Vacqueyras, authentic white Vacqueyras, the 2015 white a good ***(*) wine
LVT 2009 r 2008 wh From the Rayas stable, with the qualities implied by that. Very good Côtes du Rhône red and white as well.
LVT 2014 r 2013 wh Sound name. Good whites as well. Gigondas added to the range since 2010.
LVT 2014 r Whole bunch, traditional, small domaine
LVT 2011 r Part of Domaine La Garrigue
LVT 2010 r Since 1960 wine has been vinified, when the cellar was bought. 1st bottling was 1979, with Pierre Marseille taking over in 1981. Mature vineyards a help. Some wine is bottled now, not all. Full wines in the best vintages. Also a vin de pays.
LVT 2013 Decent traditional approach. Also have small vineyards at Beaumes-de-Venise, Gigondas Côtes du Rhône and Vin de Pays. Cyril's father Roland sadly died in 2014.
LVT 2015 r Coralie is the sister of Jeremy Onde of Domaine Les Ondines. Vacqueyras vineyards of 7.42 hectares are organic. The wine is vinified at Duplessy at Jonquières. Grainy style, genuine red, improving, the 2015 a ***(*) wine.
LVT 2015 r A new, and much needed good, even very good name at Vacqueyras. Three reds, and rosé as well from 26 hectares. The vineyard is mature, on the lieu-dit La Verde, all around the cellar. The wine used to be sold in bulk to Rhône Valley merchants. The soils are varied, though, with sand in the east towards the River Ouvèze, good for Grenache, with more clay soils towards the north, where Mourvèdre is grown.
LVT 2015 r 2015 wh 2007 rosé Sound, clear-cut wines, consistent, too. The vineyards are organic. Elegance is favoured over power. The Vacqueyras Mélodine white is very stylish, a really go do, as in 2014, for example.
LVT 2015 r 2015 wh Good ranking organic domaine at Vacqueyras, wines with full, sometimes powerful abundance, a true garrigue imprint. The Vacqueyras white Les Amouriers is soft, with the 2015 very successful at **** and STGT, a very bonny table wine.
LVT 2015 r An organic domaine, first wine in 2010, where Adrien hit problems with a very long maceration and raising on his Gigondas, ending in him not issuing the final wine. I have left notes up to give an idea, however. By the 2014 vintage, he had halved the vinification from four to two weeks. The policy in 2011 was to continue with whole bunch fermentation, but bottling in October following the harvest - one winter too soon, in my view, but financial needs must. The raising in concrete by the 2014-15 vintages is around 18 months. Adrien Roustan (1987) did Burgundian studies – two years on viticulture at Beaune and one year on commerce at Dijon. His grandfather Raymond Bertrand sold his wine to the merchant trade. He works part of his grandfather's 13.14 hectare vineyard. Bottle numbers have risen - the Vacqueyras from 4,000 to 18,000, for instance. Marked promise, a name to note, with the 2015 Vacqueyras red a harmonious and full southern wine, ****(*) quality.
LVT 2015 r 2013 wh STGT qualities here, with vineyards from the 1970s and earlier. Very good Gigondas, too, although there can be a wild, unkempt side to the wines, as in the 2014 Gigondas.
LVT 2014 r 2010 wh Large domaine (100 ha) with 17 hectares of Vacqueyras, and good quality there.
LVT 2015 r 2015 wh A singular domaine - father spoke Provencal, was an intellectual-agrarian. and his daughters have worked on the domaine since the 1970s, with Marie-Thérèse Combe also an accomplished artist. Fourmone is Latin for fromentum = le froment or blé (wheat) which was grown on these lands until 100 years ago. These are fine-grained, unshowy wines, both Vacqueyras and Gigondas. Vinification has been reduced from 30-40 days to 3-4 weeks since 2006, and there is also less intervention since the late 2000s. The white Vacqueyras le Fleurantine is light, elegant. The 2015 Gigondas le Fauquet was **** genuine, local wine. Raising has been sometimes drastically reduced - le Secret, the oaked Gigondas, from 22-24 months to 4-5 months, as in 2015, which was a **** wine.
LVT 2015 r 2013 wh 2012 rosé Traditional, full wines from the same family as the excellent Les Florets Hotel at Gigondas. Canterelle Vacqueyras red is a real winner, from 90-100 year Grenache.
LVT 2015 r 2013 wh 2011 rosé Philippe Bernard is an ex-Co-operateur from the Cave de Vacqueyras, which he left for good in 2010. The first vintage was 2008, with some Vacqueyras bottled, nothing else. Spread across several appellations, and half the domaine is in vineyards, the other half is a nursery plant practice. The reds can be good, but lack a little flair. There is a stylish Muscat de Beaumes. The vineyards have been organic since 2008-09.
LVT 2015 r 2015 wh 2015 rosé Leading name at Vacqueyras, stylish wines, good fruit quality. The Vacqueyras Vielles Vignes red can be complex, as in 2013. The 2 Monardes red is more open, while the Calades red is bottled after six months for early drinking. There is a good vin de pays red MON. Son Damien [pictured] is now at the helm, and is pursuing cool, clear-cut fruit in the wines, with Grenache ripeness less advanced than in the past.
LVT 2015 r 2014 rosé 6 hectares have been sold, reducing to 14 hectares, 12 of them Vacqueyras. Organic since 1989. Fruit can be good. Excellent **** 2014 rosé, and theVacqueyras fruit sauvage red was a discreet, textured **** Thinker's wine in 2015
LVT 2015 r 2014 wh Very good source of Vacqueyras, and a full Gigondas. Good VALUE, and very consistent. The 2015 Gigondas La Tour Sarrasine red is a VALUE example, a ****(*) wine cheaper than most in the appellation. Interesting white, food-friendly Vacqueyras that lives well, too.
LVT 2015 r 2012 wh Solid wines that can be a bit rustic, but express local ID. The same goes for the Ventoux red.
LVT 2014 r 2014 wh 2011 rosé STGT lives truly at this domaine, with two consistent and terroir-expressive Vacqueyras reds, full of sun, pepper and inner strength. Among the lesser names, the Vin de Pays red was a ***(*) VALUE wine in 2013, and the Côtes du Rhône red in 2013 was a ***(*) STGT wine
LVT 2015 r 2015 wh Top name. Biodynamic since 2011. Lopy is the top wine, made every year, and is the first selection from his cellar. The title of the other red wine rotates as Serge names it after his three daughters, one year at a time. So Floureto was the title in 2010, 2007, 2004, 2001 etc. Serge officially "retired" on 1 October 2015, having arrived on the domaine in 1979. His son Frédéri is very enthusiastic about the vineyard, and is working well. He is gradually reducing the old Syrah for the Lopy wine, stating, quite correctly, that the Plateau de Garrigues is too hot for it.
LVT 2015 r 2015 wh 2014 rosé 40 hectare domaine, crop sold to merchant trade by father Robert until son Jérémy started in 2000. Good level of quality, emphasis on fruit and free drinking wines. Organic conversion since 2009. Also 2.5 hectares of strawberries.
LVT 2015 r Promising; very small quantities of clear drinking Vacqueyras and Gigondas: firm wines, can age well. The 2015 Gigondas red was a most delightfully pure ****(*) wine. Organic methods are applied where possible. There are also 800 bottles of a pure Mourvèdre Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
LVT 2012 r Very traditional style. Bernard Chabran is the 4th generation; first bottling by his father Claude in 1981. There are also two bed and breakfast rooms and two gîtes, small houses to let.
LVT 2012 r Vinified chez Sang des Cailloux, mostly sold in Asia. Pretty Wild Child wine. From 2012 the domaine has been known as Les Semelles de Vent.
LVT 2015 r 2015 wh 2014 rosé Bio-dynamic and organic domaine, a leading name, vat only handling, no oak. The wines can be hidden when young, so patience is rewarded. The Vacqueyras Le Clos red is stylish, can be STGT wine, even if it is expensive. Very charming, above average **** Vacqueyras rosé in 2014, from 100% Grenache. The white Vacqueyras Minéral is 50% Bourboulenc, providing an interesting, cool **** wine in 2015. The wines are certified for vegans and gluten free.
LVT 2014 r 6 hectare estate, starting out with a limited bottling. Some heart but excess cellarwork an issue
LVT 2015 r 2015 wh 2014 rosé The fusion with the Cave de Beaumes-de-Venise has created a new name, yet another one, this time that of Rhonéa. There is a plethora of wines, many of them light. Some improving whites. The best red Vacqueyras is the Domaine de la Pertiane. A few domaine reds showed an advance in 2012 - the now organic Vacqueyras and Gigondas Domaine Carobelle (their 2015 Gigondas a ***(*) wine), the Grand Prieur and the Vieilles Vignes (also in 2014), for example. I note that the Vacqueyras vineyards under their collected Co-operateurs have fallen from 550 hectares to 450 hectares in 2016.
LVT 2012 r 2011 wh Singular domaine, wines of character. 65% sold to Perrin at Beaucastel. Low sulphur use, big vineyard care, great commitment from the determined Eric Bouletin.
LVT 2010 r