Fernand Vaquer 1988, Domaine Vaquer, Vin de Pays Catalan, Roussillon | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Fantastic wine. Delicious, very elegant but still quite full-bodied. Age has given it a silky texture and some aromas of leather and dried fruit. It has aged very well. The grapes are 80% Carignan and 20% Grenache. Which shows, if somebody still doubts it, that wines from Carignan can be amazing wines to age.

The wine is completely unoaked. It was aged in concrete tanks for 24 months. “In the beginning, this wine was very structured with tannins and power and a great aging potential”, says Frédérique Vaquer, the current owner and winemaker.

Domaine Vaquer is located in the small village of Tresserre in the district of Les Aspres in Roussillon, some 20 kilometres south of Perpignan. Frédérique and her husband Bernard took over from Fernand, Bernard’s father, in 1991 and since 2001 Frédérique manages the estate alone. She always strives for finesse and elegance, and she uses very little, or no oak at all. Her wines are some of the best in Roussillon. The 1988, as well as some other older vintages, are still available at the winery.

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Fernand Vaquer 1988 from Domaine Vaquer, Roussillon

Fernand Vaquer 1988 from Domaine Vaquer, Roussillon, copyright BKWine Photography

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