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2020 Vacqueyras Rouge “ Cuvée Doucinello”

Domaine Le Sang des Cailloux
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Vacqueyras, the village whose apt name translates as “Valley of the Stones” from the local dialect, celebrated its thirtieth anniversary as an official cru of the Rhône in 2020. Coincidentally, at Sang des Cailloux, Serge Férigoule also celebrated his thirtieth anniversary of taking over the estate, where he was an employee for many years, before his boss called it quits and handed him the keys. Pioneers in the methods of organics, soon followed by biodynamics, the Férigoules have honed a unique style of Vacqueyras that mixes deep, dark color with a lightness of touch, rusticity with warmth, and minerality with delicious fresh fruit.

Chris Santini


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre & Cinsault
Appellation: Vacqueyras
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Domaine Le Sang des Cailloux
Winemaker: Serge Férigoule
Vineyard: 35 to 40 years, 12 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone, with Galets Roulés
Aging: Wine is raised for a minimum of 6 months in foudre
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 14%

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