2009 St. Jean Barroux "L'Argile" Côtes du Ventoux
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A stunning reference point for what can be achieved in the Cotes du Ventoux, the 2009 l’Argile is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Carignan and 5% Cinsault aged 30 months in concrete tanks prior to being bottled unfiltered. The 2009 l’Argile exhibits a flowery yet quintessentially Provencal set of aromatics that smells like an open-air marketplace. Abundant red and black fruits, roasted herb, garrigue, licorice, lavender and spring flower aromas are followed by an opulent, rich wine with full-bodied power as well as incredible complexity and density. This is one of the most intriguing, individualistic wines I have tasted this year. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. Winemaker/proprietor Philippe Gimel was a pharmacist until he discovered that his love of wine eclipsed anything he had done before, so he apprenticed at the estates of Jean-Louis Chave in Mauves and Christopher Sabon’s Domaine la Janasse, two of the finest estates in France.
St. Jean Barroux is a terroir focused producer from the Rhone. Philippe Gimel worked for some of France's best producers learning along the way, and now works on his own production. Respecting what nature has given him, he works to let that show through in the glass. This stands among the better red wine values anywhere. 14.5% abv.