Archimbaud-Vache family – owners of Clos des Cazaux – is one of the oldest families in Vacqueyras, with roots dating back to 1791. Even the building containing its tasting cellars dates back to this era, although the family has since expanded across the southern Rhone. The property is currently run by brothers Jean-Michel and Frederic Vache.
The Clos des Cazaux vineyards in Vacqueyras are beautiful, well-exposed suntraps, becoming so hot in the summer that the grapes ripen around two weeks earlier than the hilly, cooler Gigondas sites. Regarding its size, the domaine covers 48 hectares, of which 24 hectares are AOC Vacqueyras, 20 are AOC Gigondas and 4 are AOC Cotes du Rhone. Vineyards are maintained entirely by hand, including 100% hand harvesting.
91/100 Jeb Dunnuck, September 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Deeply coloured, the 2017 Vacqueyras Cuvée Des Templiers (50/50 Grenache and Syrah) is a full-bodied, powerful 2017 that has lots of Syrah character in its ripe dark fruits, olive tapenade, game, and peppery aromas and flavours. With a big, mouthfilling style, it’s going to evolve nicely for upwards of a decade."
drinkrhone.com, November 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"Shiny dark red; reduction hovers over a hearty nose that gives layered airs of red stone fruits, herbs, sweet sage, has a sunny and sweet aspect. The palate rolls along securely, is rounded and packed, the shape plump. It holds well, with the introduction of some pebbly tannins that are rather tasty. It lasts well, with guts on the finish. This is authentic, grounded Vacqueyras."