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Pre-landing offer: Château Unang 'La Croix', 'La Source' & 'La Gardy', Ventoux

Pre-landing offer, details to follow...


Château Unang, Ventoux

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Château Unang, Ventoux

Château Unang is an ancient, remote property in the Nesque Valley in the Ventoux.  Remarkably, the estate dates back to the 9th century and takes its unusual name from the geological feature of the area.  Les sables d’Unang are a type of sandy soil over limestone, found on the estate and also in pockets within the Gigondas AOC.

Château Unang is recorded as being gifted by the King of Provence to a local Bishop. For 800 years Unang was passed down from one bishop to another, until it was sold at the end of the 17th century.  In 2001 a Scottish couple, James and Joanna King, purchased the estate and have set about making it one of the most respected names in the region.

The vineyard is completely surrounded by forest, between 220 and 320 meters above sea level, in a microclimate that is cooler than in many other parts of the Ventoux and the Rhône Valley floor to the west.

When the Kings bought the estate, there were twenty hectares of vines, some of them in poor health.  They set about grubbing up the worst vines, replanting and building a new cellar. Six hectares of poorly sited and/or diseased vines were torn out, and a new cellar was put in.  The vineyard is now certified organic.

The red wines are from varying blends of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault.  The flagship wine, 'La Croix' (named after the 9th century cross which sat at the top of the hillside) is from the highest vines and is aged in 225L barriques, after a traditional fermentation.  'La Source' is from an adjacent parcel at the same elevation.  Yields for both wines are exceptionally low, at 25hl/ha.

The drone footage below gives a sense of just how rugged, remote and beautiful the setting is:

Offer details and pricing to be released soon.

RED 2016 1 case Château Unang - Ventoux 'La Gardy' 75cl £260 per case of 12 Château Unang
Ventoux 'La Gardy'
2016 / 1 case / 75cl
£260 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"Certified organic. Grenache (oldest vines, terraces at 350 m), Syrah, Roussanne. On limestone and facing north and east. Traditional fermentation, aged 12–18 months in 600-litre barrels. Bottle-aged for a further two years before release. Pure, intense cherries with a dusting of cocoa powder and sumac and warm middle-eastern spices. Tannins like hand-tooled iron, weighty, compact, broad and powerful but with flow and curve and beauty. Despite the 15% alcohol and those tannins, the wine has an innate gentleness. The fruit is so pure, so silver-spun with acidity, so cupped around the tannins and the heat, that it carries itself with an exquisite balance and there isn't a notch of heat until the very, very end. In fact there is mouth-watering freshness. A pot-pourri of dried florals and spices on the end, lifting it through and up and into a long, soaring end. I'd struggle to not drink this now! (TC)". 17.5 points, Feb 2020
RED 2018 2 cases Château Unang - Ventoux 'La Source' 75cl £140 per case of 12 Château Unang
Ventoux 'La Source'
2018 / 2 cases / 75cl
£140 per case of 12
Tasting NotesIntense, smoky nose, with primary red fruits, blackcurrant; and violets. A big, mouthfilling attack but still with a pleasing astringency and some spice. Layered flavours and persistent tannins on the finish, this has lots of development ahead of it, superb. RKL
RED 2019 2 cases Château Unang - Ventoux 'La Croix' 75cl £185 per case of 12 Château Unang
Ventoux 'La Croix'
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£185 per case of 12

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