A different profile of wine to Les Douyes, more chiselled chalkier tannins, a tighter, finer style of wine but with tremendous ripeness. Finesse with a strong Mediterranean lilt. This is so harmonious, deep and fine, yet the fruit is so inviting and ripe – the gloriously round, pliable tannins knitting the flavours together seamlessly. The fruit is dark showing floral cherry blossom notes, plum and plum liqueur fruit flavours, with hints of sweet damson and black cherry. Gloriously precise and velvety. Stunningly sensual. Haut Coustias is their top single vineyard, south east facing, and is a similar blend to the Seigneurs – 60% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 20% Syrah. Aged for 20-22 months in neutral oak barrels, bottled without fining or filtration.
Domaine de l’Oratoire Saint-Martin is an historical vineyard in Cairanne of 25 hectares, farmed according to organic and biodynamic standards. Cultivated for ten generations by the Alary family, the estate has reached iconic status in the region largely thanks to the work of brothers Frédéric and François Alary who took over the running of the estate in 1984. In the summer of 2020, the Alary family finally had to relinquish the property and, looking to ensure the continuity of this great Southern Rhône estate, chose Château Mont-Redon as their preferred buyer. Pierre Fabre of Mont-Redon is committed to the same farming and production principles that have given these wines cult status. With its steep slopes of yellow and blue clay soils (with a high active limestone percentage) this north-eastern part of Cairanne can truly be considered one of the Southern Rhône’s stand out regions. Vines are de-budded and pruned short, vineyards are grown organically and biodynamically and harvesting is by hand. Yields are inevitably low. Vineyards are old and consist of Grenache and a notably high proportion of Mourvèdre, unusual for the appellation, with Syrah making up the numbers. Vines are replanted using massale selections. In the winery fermentations are carried out naturally in large open top wooden fermenters and ageing is carried out for 18 months in neutral used oak hogsheads and tonneaux. Bottling is without fining or filtration so the wines can throw a deposit. From bud to bottle, every step of this wine-growing process is designed to highlight the outstanding terror of this part of the Rhône. These wines have a real sense of place. They are alive, clear, and drinkable. They age famously well, too.