Pascaline, Eben and Carole Chastan

Winemaker Dinner with Carole and Dany Chastan of Clos du Joncuas, Gigondas; Tuesday, March 5th at Racines NY!

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On Tuesday, March 5th, we have the great pleasure to host Dany and Carole Chastan of the Clos du Joncuas in Gigondas for a truly exceptional winemaker dinner at Racines NY!  We will pour the estate's current releases, including the superb Seguret Blanc, Gigondas Rosé, Seguret Rouge, Vacqueyras Rouge and Gigondas Rouge, as well as the 2015 Vieilles Vignes "Esprit de Grenache," and older vintages of Gigondas Rouge, including 2012, 2010 and 2006. Racine's wonderful new Chef, Diego Moya, will work with Sommelière Pascaline Lepeltier (Meilleure Sommelière de France 2018) to create a special menu based upon the traditional recipe's suggested by the Chastans. This will be a convivial evening of outstanding cuisine and wine, including lively commentary by Carole and Dany Chastan and Ms. Lepeltier (In French and English!) that should not be missed! Seating is limited - please order below - and we've included our current invotory of these distinctive wines for purchase.

Clos du Joncuas, founded in 1920 by Pierre Auguste Chastan, has always farmed with natural methods and has been officially organic since 1980. Currently run by sisters Dany and Carole Chastan, the estate's Gigondas vines are on slopes below the Dentelles de Montmirail, on soils of clay with dolomite and gypsum over the limestone of the Dentelles, and average 40 to 90 years old. Vinifications here are entirely old-school; whole-clusters fermented with wild yeasts in cement and aged in old barrels. A new shipment will arrive in the spring with all of their new releases - for now we offer our remaining inventory of the sensational 2015 "Esprit de Grenache," 2015 Gigondas, 2017 Gigondas Rosé and the delicious 2017 Seguret Blanc. Our congratulations to Carole and Dany for their long-time organic farming and their superb "old school" winemaking!

Clos du Joncuas 2015 Gigondas

80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, on Triassic clay/limestone soils, always farmed organically. Whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. Although we love this beautifully old-fashioned, organic wine in every vintage, Dany and Carole Chastan have made perhaps their best wine ever in 2015! The wine shows deep aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate, prune, garrigue, musk and citrus, quite focused and elegant. The palate is pure, supple and balanced, even at 15% alcohol, with dense blackberry, tart cherry, red currant, spice, earth and minerals, with tart red fruits, minerals and citrus in the very long finish. This is a superb Gigondas that can be enjoyed immensely now with a steak, pork or lamb chops, Morrocan tagines and full-flavored cheeses. Cellar 10 to 15 years for a mature experience. This is a superb wine and a great value - thanks to Carole and Dany for their great farming and traditional winemaking!

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  • 4 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2015 Gigondas Esprit de Grenache VV

2015 is a great vintage for Dany and Carole Chastan at the Clos du Joncuas, and their 2015 Esprit de Grenache is simply outstanding. Since 1900 the estate has been farmed organically and the winemaking here is completely traditional with whole-cluster fermentations and aging in old foudres. Tasted at the estate in January of 2017, the wine showed dense elegant black fruit aromas with licorice and earth. The palate is pure and long with deep blackberry flavors with olive, earth, citrus and bitter chocolate - just fantastic! As with all the 2015s here, the wine is delicious in its youthful fruit and intensity, but ten to fifteen years of aging will reveal a truly great southern Rhone Grenache. Very highly recommended! DL

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  • 16 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2017 Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Blanc

(50% Clairette, 25% Roussanne, 25% Viognier, always organically farmed, wild yeast fermentation, aged in enamel vat) Floral dried pear, apricot, hay, thyme aromas. Ripe pear, stone, caramel, lemon on the palate. A complex, ripe wine with a supple palate but with good acidity that will pair with fish stews, shellfish, pork and chicken dishes as well as full-flavored goat cheeses. Particularly good in 2017, the Clos du Joncuas (Domaine la Garancière) Seguret Blanc is an outstanding value and highly recommended. DL

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  • 0 in stock
  • $18.99

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Clos du Joncuas 2017 Gigondas Rosé

This is a beautiful Gigondas Rosé from our organic friends at Clos du Joncuas. Pretty bright pink/orange color, aromas of raspberry, tart cherry, blood orange, peach skin and rose. Full palate with silky raspberry, peach, citrus  and mineral flavors and firm acidity, beatifully balanced and refreshing. Long finish with tart cherry, peach, earth, and citrusy acids. A bit lighter and better balanced than the 2016, and still young – it should open up nicely over the next two years. It's elegant and delicious now and very food-friendly – serve with grilled fish and white meats, salade nicoise, vegetarian dishes and Provençal foods. A great rosé to enjoy all year-round!

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  • $18.99

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Clos du Joncuas 2010 Gigondas 3 btls max please

80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, always farmed organically. Whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. This is a dense, old-school Gigondas that needs time. Dark purple/black color, deep blackberry aromas with earth, brown spice, prune and licorice. The palate is deep and dense with blackberry, garrigue, earth and mineral flavors framed in firm tannins and acidity  Long finish of earthy minerals and black fruits. (April 2015)  Tasted in January 2017 at the estate, the wine showed fabulous aromas of berry liqueur, earth, mint, garrigue and licorice; the palate was beautifully structured, deep, elegant and balanced with firm acidity and a great finish. Ten years from maturity but beautiful now with a steak if you can't wait... Bravo to the Chastan family for continuing to make wines like this!

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  • 0 in stock
  • $37.99

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Clos du Joncuas 2006 Gigondas

What do we have here? Old-fashioned Gigondas? We are seldom fortunate enough to taste these.

Clos du Joncuas farms organically, vinifies whole-cluster in concrete, and does élevage in old large casks. The color of the 2006 is a bright intense ruby. The nose is floral, black-fruited, plummy with savory hints of animale and garrigue. This evolves into spicy and earthy notes without losing any sense of ripe-not overripe-fruit. There is good richness to the palate; the ripe fruit is at the forefront with a significant counter-balance of earth. Black pepper, violets, leather follow on the mostly-resolved, long finish. There is a hint of dryness, perhaps from the old oak, but no sense of austerity. Consider it refined rusticity.

Was lovely paired with grilled lamb and Borlotti beans.

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic