"70% Grenache, 25-30% Carignan, 5-10% Cinsault, “only the largest, fattest bunches harvested over four weeks to achieve a lighter wine, more fruit than depth” destemmed, 6-10 day vinification, 1 daily pumping over, 90% concrete & enamel vat raised 18 months (down from 30 months into early 2010s), 10% 8-20 year 225 & 228-litre oak casks 18 months, unfined, filtered, total SO2 40-80 mg/litre, first year 2006, organic wine, up from 9,000 to 25,000 btls.
Mainly dark red in colour; there are smoky, cordite fuse airs on the nose, which has a crunchy, vegetal snap, shows plum notably, some raspberry in the fruit stakes. The palate continues with a cool-menthol nature, ends full of running. This has good drive, is very appealing, with subtleties on board. It will develop based on structure and freshness, is a Thinker’s Wine."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Saint Jean du Barroux wines express the terroir of the lower slopes of the famous Mont Ventoux near the road between Le Barroux and the Roman town of Vaison la Romaine. The talented Philippe Gimel keeps his yields very low in order to concentrate fruit flavour and de-stems every hand picked bunch. A lot of attention and care goes into crafting these wines and this results in wines that are pure with fine tannins and lots of flavour. The grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, followed by natural yeast fermentation in concrete. You might think this is a selection from younger vines, which is a fair assumption. But you’d be wrong. Nope. This is from the same 40 year-old vines used in his other two cuvees. Tasting notes: it explodes with notes of spring flowers and cherry liqueur, followed by a bright, juicy mouthful of cherry, raspberry and mulberry fruit. Notes of wild herbs and anise add dimension and intrigue. Food pairing: Barbeque, Game, Red meat.