March 2, 2016

Chateau Unang, Ventoux AOC, Southern Rhone Valley, France

Organic Wines

Mixed Case RM815 (saving RM25)*

4 each of:

Ventoux Blanc 2014
Ventoux Rosé 2014
Ventoux Rouge 2013

Mixed Case including top of the range red, La Croix, RM875 (saving RM35)

4 each of:

Ventoux Blanc 2014
Ventoux Rosé 2014

2 each of:

Ventoux Rouge 2013
La Croix Rouge 2012

La Croix (see food pairing note at the end of the post)

6 bottles RM610 (saving RM20)
12 bottles RM1200 (saving RM60)
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I have followed the progress of this boutique winery in the southern Rhone Valley for many years and am very pleased that the wines are once again available in KL.

Chateua Unang, run by James and Joanna King, is a 15-hectare vineyard within the Ventoux appellation, centred around a chateau first mentioned in the 9th century.

The vineyards are managed organically without the use of pesticides insecticides or chemical fertilizers.  This hillside vineyard is at an altitude of between 220 and 330 metres, terraced, surrounded by forest and with a south-east aspect.  It’s cooler here than in many other parts of the Ventoux appellation, and certainly cooler than the Rhône Valley floor to the west. This helps concentrate flavours and keeps the acidity fresh – particularly beneficial for the white and rosé winew.

The wines feature grape varieties typical of the Southern Rhone.  James keeps the yields low at approximately 35 hectolitres per hectare – which translates into making more concentrated and expressive wines.

I love these wines and I hope you will too.

Wines on Offer:

Ventoux Blanc 2014 – RM70  Grape Varieties : Clairette, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc. Organic.

Winemaker’s Notes : A delicately coloured wine with subtle, straw colours with hints of broom, star anise and paprika on the nose. The fruit then takes over with white peach and pineapple prominent. As ever, there’s a refreshing finish to this elegant and well- rounded wine.  

Ventoux Rosé 2014 – RM70 – Grape Varieties: Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache. Organic

Winemaker’s Notes: A pale rose petal colour with a glint of peach. This core-of-a- strawberry colour leads to wild strawberries and lychees on the nose. In the mouth it’s citrus fruits, pomelo being the closest (something between a grapefruit and a lemon from Corsica), then gooseberry. Thirst-quenching with the usual freshness, there is also a minerality on the finish.

Ventoux Rouge 2013 – RM70 – Grape Varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault. Organic.

Winemaker’s Notes : This wine has a vibrant, violet-tinged hue. Its nose takes in ripe cherry, strawberry and pepper notes. In the mouth the cherry continues but edges towards balsamic and liquorice, with a firm acidity and minerality keeping it fresh. The soft finish is blacker fruit with a little cocoa.

La Croix 2012 – Top of the range – RM105
Grape Varieties
: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Matured in Oak for 16 months
This vintage was the final one before Organic status was achieved, however the vineyard was farming organically for 3 years prior

This wine is a great match for steak especially if followed by a dessert of Salted Chocolate Tart

Winemaker’s Notes : This wine has an intense spicy, graphite nose, and a hint of vanilla. A deep ruby-coloured wine, it also has cherry fruit, mocha and Sichuan pepper notes. The tannins are soft and present, and support the velvety and textured length. Our freshness is there but so is some body.

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