"Rock Solid" French Red - A Zachys Debut
With a pedigree like this, even we're surprised that this is our first encounter with this wine!
Saint Jean du Barroux's winemaker, Philippe Gimel, cut his teeth at world-famous Rhone wineries JL Chave, Domaine de la Janasse, Domaine Beaucastel...and the list goes on. It should be no surprise then that every wine he makes is shockingly good, especially for the price.
This is one of those wineries reviewers and critics just can't stop writing about. Robert Parker has praised Gimel's work for years, and the Wine Advocate's Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of the Rhone Report) wrote about their entry-level blend L'Argile just this past year:
"A rock solid '08 and a wine that will compete with the best of the vintage, the 2008 Saint Jean du Barroux Cotes du Ventoux l'Argile is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Carignan, and 5% Cinsault, fermented with close to one-third stem inclusion, that was aged all in concrete and tank. It exhibits an elegant, finesse driven style with small red berries, flowers, white pepper, and sappy garrigue-like characteristics flowing to a medium-bodied, seamless palate that has integrated acidity, very fine tannin, and loads of minerality on the finish. Approachable and ready to go, this will continue to shine for another 4-6 years or so...92." Jeb Dunnuck's Rhone Report, 2012.
Arriving to us late this month, the wine is as beautiful as the land that created it: harvested from vineyards between the mountains Mont Ventoux and Dentelles de Montmirail in the Southern Rhone Valley, Gimel works hard to reflect as much of the land's natural beauty in the wine as possible. This commitment to purity and quality has thrust this small winery into the spotlight after just a few years, and it shows no signs of slowing down!
All My Best