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We're very proud to be working with Carole and Dany Chastan at the Clos du Joncuas, and we're happy to announce that their 2015s, which have just arrived, are absolutely superb! The 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 traditional; whole clusters fermented with wild yeasts in cement and aged in old barrels or cement vats. Their old-fashioned winemaking appears to have been particularly successful in the very sunny and dry 2015 vintage, lending structure and brightness to the very ripe fruit. And, happily, the tannins always present in the estate's wines are rounder and softer than normal, making the wines wonderful to drink now and, as always, prime candidates for aging as well. The 2015 Gigondas and Vacqueyras are particularly beautiful, with deep and complex black fruits lifted by floral and red fruit flavors and fresh acidity - they are really outstanding and highly recommended, and are certainly among the best values in the Rhone Valley!
Also just arrived is a limited amount of the 2005 Gigondas "Esprit de Grenache" from 60 year-old massale selection vines. This complex mature wine will accompany game dishes, Provençal stews and steaks. Thanks to the Chastans for offering this treat from their cellar! And also simply outstanding in 2015 are the Gigondas Rosé, certainly one of the finest in the Southern Rhone, and the superb Seguret Blanc made from 50% Clairette, with Roussanne and Marsanne. The 2015 Rosé has just been released - it's a serious, food friendly wine that will drink beautifully over the next three to five years, and the Seguret Blanc, while full-bodied and ripe, possesses great acidity and minerality, making it a superb accompaniment to fish in sauce, fish soups, chicken in sauce and Asian foods. Again, we are very proud to be working with the Chastan family and we encourage any lovers of the Southern Rhone to put some of these wonderful 2015s on the table or in the cellar.
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!
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. 80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. The 2012 Gigondas is a bit lighter and brighter than the norm at Clos du Joncuas with high-toned black fruit, mineral, spice and licorice aromas. The palate is elegant and fresh showing deep supple black fruits with hints of graphite, garrigue and brown spice. After three days, recorked in the fridge, the wine has deepened impressively with pure blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice aromas, great density on the palate with black fruit liqueur, red currant, earth and anise. A beautiful wine! Serve cool and decant many hours if drinking young, or cellar for five to fifteen years.
70% Grenache, with Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre, always farmed organically, hand harvested, whole-cluster wild yeast fermentation, aged in cement vat, un-fined, unfiltered. The 2015 Seguret shows a very dark red/black color, with aromas of ripe cherry and strawberry liqueur, prune, earth, stone and provençal spices. The palate is quite dense and supple with black berry, prune and earth with red currant and floral notes backed with firm citrusy acids, very saline and long in the finish. This is a big, solid wine that has opened up nicely over the past year, becoming softer, velvety and complex - just delicious! It will accompany steaks, chops and burgers, a daube niçoise, tagines and full flavored cheeses. It's a fabulous value for drinking over the next five years. David Lillie
This is Gigondas at its finest! 100% Grenache from old vines, fermented in cement, and aged in large oak vats before being bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal added sulphur. It gives you that classic Grenache mustiness – like blackberries and blueberries smashed onto the forest floor – but also more fresh and delicate notes of nutmeg and strawberries. Hints of grapefruit peel, vine tomato and pine offer added depth. Given its age, it is still incredibly energetic on the palate with wonderfully resolved tannins and ripe black berry fruit. Truly a complex and delicious wine with a long life ahead of it! Tim Gagnon
From 80% Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre, grown on gravelly limestone terraces, always farmed organically, whole-cluster fermention and aged in concrete vats. 2015 is a great vintage for the always lovely Vacqueyras from Carole and Dany Chastan at Clos du Joncuas. The wine shows very deep aromas of blackberry and floral strawberry compote, earth, citrus, violet and spice. The palate is supple and dense, brightened by floral notes and firm acidity, with ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit, framed in juicy acidity with a very long finish of ripe berry fruits and mineral flavors. This is a beautiful and exuberant wine, quite delicious now, served slightly cool, and it will drink beautifully over the next ten years. A joyful wine and highly recommended! DL
From 80% Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre grown on gravelly limestone terraces, always farmed organically, fermented and aged in concrete vats. The wine shows dense red/black color with deep aromas of blackberry with violet, brown spice, and blood orange with hints of plum and cherry. The palate is ripe and layered with dense berry fruits but balanced and well-structured with firm acidity. Very long elegant finish. This is a beautiful Vacqueyras that willl benefit from carafing if drinking now. Serve with daube provencal, lamb shoulder, grilled meats and terrines, farm chicken or rabbit. Cellar for five to ten years for a mature experience...
(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 big, 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 2015, the Clos du Joncuas (Domaine la Garancière) Seguret Blanc is an outstanding value and highly recommended. DL
This is a big, beautiful, full-bodied rosé from Dany and Carole Chastan, made from Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, always farmed organically. Lovely deep pink color, very pretty aromas of strawberry, red currant, peach, blood orange and stone. The palate is elegant and complex with creamy tart cherry and red currant fruit with citrus and floral notes and a long refreshing mineral finish. This is a superb, well-structured rosé that will drink beautifully over the next three years - serve with grilled tuna, chicken, grilled pork, salade Niçoise, mild cheeses. Highly recommended! DL