Domaine la Monardére, Vacqueyras


Martine and Christian Vache bought their domaine in 1987 from the Monarde family and immediately started revitalizing the vineyards and improving winemaking facilities. They have been cultivating their vineyards, totalling some 20 ha, organically since 2000, 2010 being the first certified orgnic vintage. The parents were subsequently joined by their son, Damien. The overall aim of the family is to allow grapes to express their potential with due respect to terroir and as little intervention as possible.

After a trie, the grapes are destemmed. Extraction includes dayly remontage during some ten days in concrete tanks. Syrah and some Grenache cuvaisons are, however, subjected manual pigeage. The wines are subsequently aged in vats or used barrels throughout the winter and bottled without fining or filtration. Apart from vin de pays de Vaucluse, a Vacqueyras blanc and Rosé, the domaine makes three individual red cuvées: Vacqueyras les Calades for early drinking, and Vacqueyras Réserve des 2 Monarde and Viéilles Vignes, which need further cellaring. Our pick from their cellar includes Les 2 Monardes and Vieilles Vignes.