VACQUEYRAS, RHONE VALLEY, FRANCE

Named after the Provencal word for the Curlew bird, Domaine le Couroulu currently produces some of the finest Vacqueyras. With 19 hectares of vineyards on south-facing slopes over the Ouvèze River, le Couroulu has won recognition from some of the biggest names in the wine world. Robert Parker rated it as a four-star, 'excellent' producer in his book on Rhone Valley wine. These are wines that could be stashed away for half a dozen years, but are just as ready to be had now.