We have been hearing good things about Château Unang in the Ventoux for a while, so when we were offered parcels of their top two wines, it seemed time to learn more about them.
In a remote location in the Nesque Valley and surrounded by forests, Château Unang dates back to the 9th century. Owned for centuries by the local bishops, a Scottish couple, James and Joanna King, purchased it in 2001. They have set about making this into one of the most exciting producers in the Ventoux. The estate takes its name from the 'les sables d'Unang', the sandy soil over limestone which predominates on the hillside vineyard.
At an elevation of 220-320m, the microclimate here is cooler than in many other parts of the region. Farming organically, the Kings make their red wines from a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. Both blends, 'La Croix' is dominated by Grenache, whilst 'La Source' is led by Syrah. Both reds undergo a traditional fermentation, followed by ageing in 225L barriques and 600L 'demi-muids'.
|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, Jancisrobinson.com 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