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Parcel offer: Château Unang 'La Croix' & 'La Source', Ventoux

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'. 


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 2017 4 cases Château Unang - Ventoux 'La Gardy' 75cl £260 per case of 12 Château Unang
Ventoux 'La Gardy'
2017 / 4 cases / 75cl
£260 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"...Gorgeously spicy! Iridescent with spices. Massive, magnificent tannins that, for now, loom up over the wine like a roaring lion, but the palate has so much depth and breadth, so much triumphant, confident beauty, that I have no doubt all this needs is time for the elements to segue into each other. Dried, roses, black figs, pomegranate molasses, chocolate mint, sumac, baharat. This has complexity and challenge and powerful grace; tastes like Tschaïkowsky cross Nureyev. 2024-2034. 17.5 points." (TC) May 2021
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
RED 2019 5 cases Château Unang - Ventoux 'La Source' 75cl £140 per case of 12 Château Unang
Ventoux 'La Source'
2019 / 5 cases / 75cl
£140 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"...Silky plums, mocha, kohl-smudge sleepy-late-night sweetness, seductively dark fruit. Mulberries crushed on wet rocks. Plum skins drenched in maple-syrup-sweet coffee. Thyme, pressed against the hot blue-velvet of late-summer night. It's a thrum of off-beat soft-snare rhythm bleeding into the cashmere caress of irises on a warm early-summer night. Breathe in this sweet-minor-key-of-a-folksong wine as deeply, as greedily, as if it were the last summer night on earth. 2022-2030. 17.5 points." (TC), Nov '22

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