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'.