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94pt Le Sang de Cailloux Vacqueyras Azalais 2015

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With his handlebar 'tache, Serge Férigoule is every inch the image of a French winemaker. Charismatic and driven, he has done more than most to raise the profile of Vacqueyras and to give it the exposure it deserves.

Serge's wines, created from 35-40 year old vines grown on some of the region's best terroir, are amongst the best to be found in Vacqueyras and in the brilliant 2015 vintage, he has created perhaps the wines of the vintage.

This Vacqueyras, named on alternating years after his daughters Floureto, Doucinello and Azalaïs, would put many Chateauneuf at many times the price to shame. A superb intensity and depth from the arid, stony soils, herbal notes from the garrigue that surrounds the vines and the kind of silky smooth elegance that is imparted by great winemaking all comes together to create a brilliant drinking experience.

Organic and bio-dynamic since 2011, Les Sang des Cailloux (an evocative 'Blood of the Stones' in English) are producing wines that should be on the short list of every wine drinker - and snapped up when you can find them!

About the wine

This is what the Southern Rhône should all be about. Beautifully ripe, dark fruit with a dusting of pepper and a herbal note reminiscent of the garrigue that is found across the region. Silky, pure fruit glides across the palate on first taste but hidden below is some serious concentration and power. Mineral and savoury on the finish, this is pretty irrestible right now - given a decent decant - but has the structure and stuffing to evolve beautifully for the next decade. Should be held up as an example of the heights Vacqueyras can achieve.

All the are grapes harvested by hand and then de-stemmed. Fermentation of the grapes is done in a natural manner, in cement cuvees with daily pumpovers. The resulting wine is raised for a minimum of 6 months in oak foudres before being bottles unfined and unfiltered.

Winemaker: Serge & Frédéri Ferigoule
AppellationVacqueyras, Rhone

- 94pts, Jeb Dunnuck
- 90pts, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
- 3.9/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

Grapes70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Carignan-Mourvèdre-Cinsault
Vineyard: Sang de Cailloux vineyards
Cooperage: 12 months in oak
ABV: 14%
Drink: 2018-2030

About the winery

Serge Férigoule bought Le Sang des Cailloux in 1990, after having worked for 10 years with the former owner.

The 17 hectares all located in Vacqueyras DOC are sitauated on some of the best terroir, facing the Dentelles de Montmirail. His son, Frédéri, joined him in 2003 and they decided to certify the domain both organic and biodynamic.

About the vineyard

All of Serge’s seventeen hectares rest on the great Plateau des Garrigues, facing the Dentelles de Montmirail between Vacqueyras and Sarrians. Bathed in the sun and stirred by the mistral, the red clay, limestone, and the famous galets roulés, or rounded stones, impart a terrific intensity and depth to the wines.

Given the aridity of the soil, the vines here are naturally prone to lower yields.



94 Points - Jeb Dunnock
One of the wines of the vintage in Vacqueyras is the unquestionably the 2015 Vacqueyras Azalaïs from le Sang des Cailloux. Based on 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% a mix of other permitted varieties, this beauty boasts terrific notes of black raspberries, crushed flowers and incense, medium to full-bodied richness, no hard edges and loads of character. Buy a case and enjoy bottles over the coming 7-8 years."


90 Points - Joe Czerwinski
This organic estate has turned out a solid, traditionally built 2015 Vacqueyras Cuvee Azalais, a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and Cinsault that's made in concrete and aged in foudres. It's medium to full-bodied, filled with notes of cola, blueberries and spice, and features some firm, muscular tannins that suggest short-term cellaring and moderate age-worthiness." 


4 (possibly 5) Stars
"The nose has confident depth, is generous and pretty stylish, has airs of cooked red fruits. The palate strides out well, with tasty, sleek black fruits on board. It bears a bonny floral leaning, gives late black pepper. This has a good foundation, resembles a journey in a de luxe car, no bumps in the road. It holds tasty fruit, the essence of fruit, with fine powder tannins at the end. This has balance, length and freshness. It is all very calm."


"Intense aromas of earth on the nose, dark fruit flavors of blackberry and black currant, leather, balanced prominent silky tannins with acidity , and with a hint of white pepper on the long finish4.5/5 Stars

"Smooth and delicious" 4.5/5 Stars

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"One of the wines of the vintage" Brilliant old vine Vacqueyras from the superb 2015 vintage
Old vine Rhône rarity from the brilliant 2015 vintage
"The nose has confident depth, is generous and pretty stylish...with tasty, sleek black fruits on board. ...This has balance, length and freshness" John Livingstone-Learmonth
"The nose has confident depth, is generous and pretty stylish...with tasty, sleek black fruits on board. ...This has balance, length and freshness" John Livingstone-Learmonth
Le Sang de Cailloux wines, created from 35-40 year old vines grown on the region's best terroir, are amongst the best to be found in Vacqueyras and in the brilliant 2015 vintage, they have created perhaps the wines of the vintage. Organic and bio-dyn
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