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Another great young winemaker…

igoramouriers.jpgTo the village of Vacqueyras last night to visit yet another great young wine maker Igor Chudzikiewicz of Domaine des Amouriers, a domaine of 30 ha, around half of which is aoc Vacqueyras, the rest Vin de Pays.. Igor is a Montpellier trained oenologue who spent time making wine in South Africa and in Australia before sharing the wine making responsibilities at Amouriers with manager Patrick Gras…tragically Igor`s father Jocelyn was killed in a motor -cycling accident in 1997. A fair indication that his wines cant fail to be interesting is that the domaine is a member of that eclectic band of personality driven artisan wine makers the “Toqués ” ( loosely translating as the “crazies”!), our prior guests will remember that Jean-Paul Versino of Bois de Boursan is part of this group as well as many of my favourite producers. So catching up with, and tasting , with Igor was for me, long overdue. I tasted three red Vacqueyras cuvées , an entry level “Signature” , an old vine, low yield “Les Genestes” and “Truffieres” a special cuvee with some smaller barrel aging - I also tasted their ( second attempt only!) new white Vacqueyras . My favourite: the full on “Les Genestes 2010 vintage”, packed with concentrated red fruits, great structure and balance, with a peppery spicy finish - a really class act this one. The white was no slouch either( a Grenache, Roussanne with a dollop of Viognier blend), perfumed, some glycerine, but good acidity, very fresh.This is certainly a domaine to watch…we will be visiting Igor to taste his wines from next month.

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