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Chateau Unang releases its top wine La Gardy 2015
10 October 2018

Chateau Unang is located in a pretty magical spot. Nestled in the foothills of Mont Ventoux just outside the village of Malemort de Comtat, the path from its unassuming gates to the aristocratic old house takes in a sweeping view of verdant green vineyard, dusty paths, pine trees and roaming horses. The winery itself is compact and modern; fit for purpose, fastidiously clean and ripe for tinkering, resting in the shadow of the house’s pale grandeur on the hill just in front. It feels unspoilt here; a place of fine, almost faded beauty. Vineyards surround the Chateau on steep, wild terraces accessible only by jeep, and lend a tranquil, almost secret feeling to the place. This is the idyllic life that James and Joanna King, Scottish by descent, moved here for in 2003.

The life of a vigneron is not always an easy one though, and rather than rest on their laurels, in the intervening years they have set about rejuvenating the Ventoux AOC, embedding themselves in local French culture, aligning with other Ventoux producers who share the pursuit of excellence and style that will eventually come to define this beautiful pocket of France. Protected from the Mistral by the great Mont Ventoux and with vineyards at elevations of up to 350m, the wines resemble Gigondas for their deep, creamy fruit flavours, but have a vigour and salinity that marks them as their own. Lovers of the Rhone will know how well these wines age, given the right conditions. Well, from Chateau Unang, we are delighted offer their top wine La Gardy from the exceptional 2015 vintage. This is a wine that is only produced when quality allows, and hails from the oldest vines on the estate. It is a Grenache dominated blend with Syrah and Roussanne adding freshness, cropped at 15-30 HL/HA from vines planted on north and east facing terraces. Aging is carried out in 600L barrels for 12-18 months. The presence of limestone in the soil can be felt in the wine, as the sweet red strawberry and chocolate flavours combine with dark cherry stones, liquorice and rock salt. This delicious Ventoux wine will drink now with a good decant but will be even better in five years’ time.

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