Mount Ventoux, the mountain that looms over the Southern Rhone and Provence, lends its name to a quite particular district located in-between these two famous wine regions. For many years, producers in the Ventoux/Cotes de Ventoux AOC passed their time in relative obscurity, selling much of their produce to co-operatives, who would blend together local expressions of Syrah, Grenache and Mouvedre to rather uninspiring effect. Now however, it seems that their time has finally come. First listed as a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1990, attentive producers began planting vines at higher and higher altitudes, flanking the base of the mountain. This had the dual effect of mitigating hot summer temperatures through cooler nights, with the concurrent realisation that global warming might not be altogether ideal for Southern France. The soils here are diverse, but a rich mineral content marks the best examples from the region. In fact, as wine lovers the world over move away from the alcoholic fruit blockbusters that dominated the 1990s and early 2000s, and turn towards naturally low yielding, ‘couture’ wines with brighter, aromatic profiles and stone, garrigue spice and mineral inflections, it looks like the Ventoux region really is ripe for picking. We are thrilled to represent Chene Bleu, arguably the leading ‘Super-Rhone’, who hail from a protected mountainside saddle above the village of Crestet, and Chateau Unang, who are based just outside the pretty village of Malemort du Comtat. Chateau Unang is the newest addition to our portfolio and we are very excited to be working with them.