Côtes du Ventoux Red
Clay-like and calcareous.
Grenache, Syrah, Vieux Carignan.
Harvesting begins in early October.
Hand picking and selection.
Stripping, no skin-contact maceration, traditional temperature-controlled vinification.
Conservation: 5-6 years.
The wine exhibits a beautiful colour between ruby and dark garnet red; when enjoyed young, it reveals itself gradually, delivering its secrets with each sip: power, red fruits, bitter almond, garrigue spices, and minty freshness followed by smokey notes, licorice, a bit wild and gamey... this is all for the better as the Carignan, growing on plots of the southern Ventoux in the Apt territory, is where it is perhaps the most interesting and expressive. This is a tremendous opportunity as a large number of winegrowers tended to leave this grape variety out of their wines, although it offers a true identity to the wines produced in this little corner of paradise. It has body, structure; do not hesitate to let it rest a few months in your cellar, or be sure to use a carafe when serving.
It is both a pleasurable wine and a serious wine.
Prefer simple and efficient cuisine over complex dishes, an evening with friends, some deli meats, duck magret, chitterling sausage... serve chilled rather than at room temperature, 16-17°C is good.