Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône

This week, if you are a wine professional, we would be delighted to show you our wines in Avignon. We will be at Bistro Balthazar with the Grenache lovers on Tuesday night, all day Wednesday and Thursday on stand G91 in Espace Jeanne Laurent just to the north of the Palais des Papes during the Salon, and on the Mireio on the Rhône on Wednesday evening with the Femmes Vignes Rhône.   … [Read more...]

100% Organic

This week we had an exciting yet tense day in the year where we blend the wines.  We were working out the delicious mixtures that will  become the red, la Source and la Croix 2013 (making all our production now certified organic) and the white, Adeline and rosé 2014 (which have been certified organic since 2012). We were very pleased with the results.  When we blend the wine we treat each … [Read more...]

Woolly Winter Treatment for the Vineyard.

Once the leaves have all fallen from the vines, and the weather has become crisp,  the team of workers move in.  Our local shepherd, having had his sheep in the mountains all summer, needs grass for his flock during the winter.  We need the vineyard, weeds and grass around the base of the vines cleaned up. It is a wonderful arrangement that we have had in place for at least 5 years which works … [Read more...]

Harvest Report 2014 by James

2014 - We had a good wet winter with 310mm rain for January and February (plus 132mm in December 2013) filling up all the aquifers. All the wet weather also kept the temperatures relatively mild so vine growth was two weeks ahead in the Spring. But after a dry April/May/June the rain came back with an unusual 53mm in July (up to a whopping 200mm in some villages in the Rhone valley). This … [Read more...]

Wine, Cheese and ‘Dark’ Dance

Last night seemed to be a great success, about 50 people arrived at the cave. They were then guided by the dancers to the Chateau via a series of tableaux - which were rather macabre to say the least.  The theme for the week was 'dark' apparently, perhaps I should have asked, and so one of the first tableaux was just a head and arms motionless visible from under a pile of rocks! Once on the … [Read more...]

Two Dates to Visit Chateau Unang

Save the dates! Two great outings next week. July 9th open house all day. At the cave, come and try the wine, eat the local specialities that we put in our picnics, try the perfect cheese with its dream wine partner - all six couples - wander through the vineyard on the signed sentier vigneron in this truly beautiful hidden vineyard. 10th July on the terrace of Chateau Unang - an exclusive … [Read more...]

Perico Legasse

There are several ways to taste and buy Chateau Unang wine this weekend. Tonight Friday at the amazingly picturesque Venasque evening market (17h-20h), tomorrow Saturday at the cave, on the road to Methamis from Malemort du Comtat, or Sunday at the Fetes de Cerises at Malemort de Comtat which is on all day. (One of the highlights of this is the cherry stone spitting competition ! Prizes have been … [Read more...]

Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar

  2013 Chateau Unang Ventoux Rose (40% cinsault, 30% grenache and 30% syrah): Light, bright pink. Aromas of cherry pit, anise, dried rose and white pepper, with a subtle mineral note coming up with air. Fleshy and dry on the palate, offering spicy red fruit flavors and a touch of bitter rhubarb. Chewy and focused on the finish, which features an attractive floral pastille flourish and … [Read more...]

Spring Wild Flowers

This time of year is a wonderful time for wild flowers at Chateau Unang.  The selection of beautiful delicate flowers and bushes that appear each year, are rarely exactly the same and very dependant on the weather over the preceding winter. Wonderful little orchids, wild thyme, euphorbia, gladioli, cistus, to name very few.  If you come to taste the wine we have put up a signed … [Read more...]

First Wine and Cheese of 2014

At Easter we had a charming group of 14 Danes for the Gourmet wine and cheese tasting on the Chateau terrace.  Holidaying together to celebrate a birthday, they were staying in Methamis, one of the three ancient hilltop villages surrounding us here, and they came at 6 o'clock on a sunny spring evening. A different delicious cheese for each of our six wines, with the aim being to make the … [Read more...]