2018 Domaine Les Sang des Cailloux Vacqueyras "Cuvee Azalais"
One glimpse of Serge Férigoule’s barbell moustache might be enough for one to be completely enamored with the wines of Le Sang des Cailloux. All of Serge’s seventeen hectares rest on the great Plateau des Garrigues, where red clay, limestone, and the famous galets roulés, or rounded stones, impart a terrific intensity and depth to the wines.
70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre & Cinsault. 35-40 year old vines. Farmed organically. Fermented in cement, aged 6 months in large foudres.
Garrigue—wild thyme, rosemary, and lavender—grows copiously around the vineyard, adding an almost smoky, resinous perfume to the wine. Loaded with dark ripe fruit. This wine has chewy tannins that are amazingly elegant, while it possesses no shortage of depth and density.