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2017 Domaine de la Ganse Vacqueyras

SKU #1415693 91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2017 Vacqueyras La Ganse offers the classic ripe yet structured style of the vintage as well as terrific red and black fruits, peppery herbs, and garrigue aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, textured, and with ripe tannins, give bottles another year and it should keep for 7-8.  (9/2019)

91 points Vinous

 Glimmering ruby. Spice-accented red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by subtle floral and mineral nuances. Lively and seamless in the mouth, offering juicy raspberry, cherry liqueur and licorice flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Finishes supple and quite long, with a lingering floral note and easygoing tannins that lend shape and closing grip. All concrete. (JR)  (2/2020)

K&L Notes

Coralie Onde is from the winemaking family behind Domaine les Ondines, but opted to start her own project independent of her family estate in 2008. She formed Domaine de la Ganse in Vacqueyras when she purchased some terrific old vine fruit, also taking a small holding when the family estate was split. With close to 9 hectares now, Coralie began the organic certification process and was officially certified in 2014. Her vines are aged from 15 to 55 years and the soils are primarily chalky-clay with some galet (river stones). The 2017 is about 70% Grenache with 30% Syrah and probably a touch of Cinsault in there since it is co-planted with the oldest Grenache vines.

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By: Aaron Hughes | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/18/2020 | Send Email
Opening with a bouquet that is slightly dusty with hints of cocoa and anise and very ripe dark berries. The palate echoes berry and dark fruit notes but with hints of creaminess and food-friendly tannins, there are touches of iron in the soft but pleasant finish. All in all, a wine that I would enjoy with a slightly rich and comforting meal rather than by itself.

By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2019 | Send Email
With such a vast selection of enticing values from the Rhône to choose from, even a favorite can get lost in the shuffle sometimes. I'm so happy I decided to revisit this recently - I was quickly reminded why it's been one of my top picks since I first tried it a few years ago. What a scrumptious bottle of wine. Roasted plums, ripe blackberries and raspberries, a hint of black licorice, and spice and herbal notes, this is expressive and bursting with so much flavor and depth — a surefire hit at any dinner table or friendly gathering. Enjoy with garlic-heavy dishes - the Grenache fruit soars. Let's Ganse!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2019 | Send Email
The warm and charming Coralie Onde is always one of my favorite visits in the Southern Rhone. I first met her at an organic wine fair about 3 years ago and I immediately knew, she would be a great fit in our Direct Import program. The wine - and there was only one at the time - was her Vacqueyras and it was as engaging a wine as she is a person. She has since added a deluxe cuvee and will soon produce a white and rose now that she has expanded some of her holdings. But it is always this wine, the Vacqueyras, that speaks to me most. Old vines, planted over tiny pebbles and clay-limestone and surrounded by scrubby forest speak the terroir from the glass. Black cherry, dried raspberries, a whiff of bay and fennel are the aromas that erupt into the nose. Coralie's wines are perfumed but not over-the-top. She knows how to keep the focus and balance in the wine from growing up and working in her winemaking family. Striking out on her own several years ago, she has found her footing and I think the 2017 is her best wine to date. This is a beauty that will continue to grow and evolve just as much as the winemaker has. I look forward to checking in with this wine in a couple more years as well as with Coralie as we see what other treats she has to come.

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