Val de Garrigue Ventoux Le Sanglier Fou 2012
This medium bodied red is fruit forward and lush. On the nose we can smell the Garrigue laced with dark plums, loganberry and ripe red fruits. It is bright and juicy with a light, supple tannin structure making ‘Le Sanglier Fou’ or ‘the mad boar’ eminently quaffable.
Grenache 80%, Syrah 20%
Long the home to some of the world’s finest value wines, the Southern Rhône’s multifarious appellations, sites and climates provide the perfect terroir in which to make characterful, low intervention wines. Working alongside Guillaume Gonnet, Val de Garrigue tracks down parcels of wine from some of the best vineyard sources in the region. Flanking both banks of the Rhône, sometimes following the route of the Via Domitia, the old Roman route from France to Spain, these vineyards are perfectly sited. A mixture of chalky clay and large round pebbles combines to ensure that this meagre earth forces the roots to dig deep while the 1000 hours of sun per year are reflected back up to the grapes to assist ripening. The dry, sunny climate aids vine health and, where needed,only organic fertilisers are used. Tasted, re-tasted and blended to our exacting standards, the resulting wines display an uncommon depth of flavour and character coupled with a savoury balance and length that is their hallmark.
The famous mountain called the Mount Ventoux acts as a focal point for Provence. Well known as part of a grueling leg of the Tour de France, this area produces wines expressive, rich and elegant. The particularity of this wine is that it comes from soil rich in limestone, grapes are ripened slowly, at slight altitudes. The average of vines that produce this Ventoux wine is around 60 years and all grapes are hand harvested to ensure that only the best quality is used.
On arrival at the winery the grapes are sorted and 100% destemmed before going into concrete fermentation tanks. The total maceration is around 20 days and only natural yeasts are used. The alcoholic fermentation is followed by malolactic after which the wine spends a further 10 months in tank before the final blend is put together by the team at Alliance Wine France.