Back in the 90s when I was authoring a series of email messages called "Road Reports" I was directed by an Alsatian region wine sales rep to try the wine of Vaquer when I was in Banyuls over my birthday that year.
Over the years whenever I found a bottle of any of the exceptional Vin d'Pays wines, from the vineyard between Collioure and Perpignan in a remote corner of the Roussillion, I would always order the wine or bring one home with me. It's one of those wines you just have to experience and know you're having something very special in your glass.
Years back, he wines of Vaquer were legendary in the Vin d'Pays circles, on par with DAUMAS GASSAC and the Alain Roux era of St. Jean de Bebian. Today the top of the rung goes to La Grange de Peres but now with Kermit Lynch beginning to import the 11 year young Vaquer red, we can once again find an old friend.
The winemaker is the wife of the former winemaker who died young. After tasting the 01 and 2010 reds my palate memory kicked in and it was the mid 90's once again as the complexity, fruit and spice were present in the reds I tasted and I could only wish that Kermit's team brougy in her white.
Call it a Vinisud ReDiscovery.