Chateau Unang La Croix AOC Ventoux 2011

La Croix 2011Grape Varieties : Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault (with yields of 3ohl/hectare, hand- picked).

Tasting Notes : This wine has an intense spicy, graphite nose. A deep ruby- coloured wine also has liquorice and white tabacco notes. The tannins are soft, present, and support the black fruit (bramble jam) which is underpinned by the soft, inky and elegant length. Our freshness is there – even in a hotter year.

Terroir : The highest terraces at Unang, at 3oo metres, are reserved for La Croix. Our thin, sandy soils are straight over the limestone at this height and the north/east aspect, fanned by the Mistral wind, leads to ripe, clean fruit. The cuvée always leads with grenache, ably supported by the dark, concentrated syrah.

Wine-making : The grenache and cinsault were cooled on entry to the cave to harness the fruit. The syrah has a slightly longer fermentation and extraction (up to three weeks), to give more structure to support the fruit. The blend is aged in demi- muids for 16 months.

Notes : Serve at below room temperature. Ready to drink from 2014 and will improve for 5+ years from then. An elegant accompaniment to a leg of lamb.

 

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