Saint Jean du Barroux

We are also delighted that another shipment of wines from the talented Philippe Gimel of Saint Jean du Barroux has arrived in our warehouse. And the good news is that he is now producing a wider range of red wines and selling them at very reasonable prices considering the quality of his offerings and the very low yields he works with on his north facing vineyards.

These wines have caused a lot of excitement in France, Denmark, Holland and the United States where they are eagerly snapped up as soon as they are released.

The front label from the white wine shows the beautiful Dentilles du Montmiral (on the right of the label) that form a backdrop to his beautiful vineyard, the nearby village of Le Barroux in the centre and Mont Ventoux on the left.

 

The vines grow on the lower slopes of the famous Mont Ventoux near the road between Le Barroux and the Roman town of Vaison la Romaine.

One of the reasons people are sitting up and taking notice of Philippe’s wines is the incredibly low yields that he takes from the vines. Whereas most producers in this area produce some 50 hectolitres for each hectare of vines, Philippe’s yields are down around 20! This means that the fruit flavour is much more concentrated – and this is certainly reflected in the wines.

Robert Parker called his red wine “a gorgeous blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and the rest Carignan and Cinsault. The wine’s bouquet is reminiscent of a great Côte Rotie even though the Syrah component is small and no Viognier is utilized. Exotic floral aromas intermixed with blackberry and cherry fruit jump from the glass. In the mouth, the wine is soft, velvety, medium to full-bodied, pure, elegant, and exotic.” (The Wine Advocate # 178 August 2008).

One of the reasons that people talk about the purity of the wine and the fine tannins is that every hand-picked bunch is painstakingly de-stemmed prior to pressing.

Saint Jean du Barroux Cotes du Ventoux White 2006

This is a wine for those who seek out complex, long, vibrant white wines with profound depth and concentration. It is a blend of three of our favourite white grapes - Clairette, White Grenache and Bourboulenc, with each comprising one third of the blend.

The wine is a light gold colour with greenish tints. The aromas include minerals, stone fruit, pineapple, citrus, raspberry, pear, strawberry, coconut with a residual honey overtone (we told you it was complex!).

The wine is made from vines that are at least 25 years old. Only natural fermentation is used with no yeasts or enzymes added. Two thirds of the wine was fermented in enamelled tanks and one third in 10 year old wooden barrels for a period of 11 months. It has been bottled in heavy Burgundian-style bottles and only long, premium corks are used.

Only 2300 bottles of this fine wine have been produced and ten cases (120 bottles) have been allocated for the entire Australian market. We anticipate that these will sell quickly.

RRP: SOLD OUT 

Certified organic by Ecocert: Licence no: 187390P

Saint Jean du Barroux Ventoux Le Rose 2010

This beautifully light-pink rose is made from 95% Grenache and 5% Cinsault is now in Australia in time for the rest of summer. It is not often that Philippe gets to make a rose because they never ferment in time for the summer seaason.

However in 2010 he was able to get a tiny batch of 1400 litres of Grenache and 60 litres of Cinsault to ferment naturally and he could then produce a little over 1300 bottles - so we don't have a lot!

Philippe's wines have achieved cult status in northern Europe so we will leave the description of this wine to Swedish wine writer Magnus Ericsson:

Pale pink colour and a fresh lightly perfumed nose filled with citrus, lime, red berries (strawberries), dried fruits and fudge. The taste is very fresh and with great acidity and with a concentrated chalky mineral quality on the palate. I find notes of strawberries, citrus and fudge and the aftertaste is long, clean and refreshing.

Perfect for summer drinking!

RRP: SOLD OUT

Certified organic by Ecocert: Licence no: 187390P

Saint Jean du Barroux Ventoux La Pierre Noire Rouge

Only one case of this blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah is coming to Australia. This is an elegant wine that we sampled from the barrel last year. We were most impressed with its power and length.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Certified organic by Ecocert: Licence no: 187390P

Saint Jean du Barroux Ventoux La Source Rouge 2008

This is Philippe's entry level wine. It comprises 70% Grenache, 25% Carignan and 5% Cinsault.

The yields for this wine are around 30 hectolitres per hectare and the grapes are all hand picked and then 100% destemmed. Maceration extends over 7 days. This vintage was aged for two and a half years before bottling and weighs in at 15%.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Certified organic by Ecocert: Licence no: 187390P

Saint Jean du Barrroux Ventoux La Montagne Blanc 2007

Philippe only produces one white wine and it is usually a blend of Clairette, White Grenache and Bourboulenc with each contributing one third of the blend.

The yield for his white grapes is a low 25 hectolitres per hectare in the 2007 vintage. The grapes were hand picked and then put through a vertical press. About 75% of the wine was put into tanks and the remainder into old barrels.

The wine was bottled in 2008 and has only recently been released. It has the structure necessary to age for up to 20 years.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Certified organic by Ecocert: Licence no: 187390P

 

 

Tasmanian Licence No: 58292

WARNING

Under the Liquor Licensing Act 1990 it is an offence:

for alcohol to be delivered to a person under the age of 18 years.

Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units ($3,080 as at, July 2015)

for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase liquor.

Penalty: Fine not exceeding 10 penalty units ($1,540 as at, July 2015)