2012 Chateau Unang
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(orders for 6 or more bottles must be placed by Tuesday at 5pm for delivery the following week. Orders placed after Tuesday have two week lead-time.)
- Designation: Red Wine
- Varietal: Grenache / Syrah / Cinsault
- Appellation: Ventoux, France
- Winery: Chateau Unang
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Bottle Size:750 ml
Ready to drink from 2015 and will improve for 5+ years from then. An elegant accompaniment to a leg of lamb.
About the Vineyard: Unang’s vineyards all grow on site, facing east and south between 220 and 320 meters above sea level, and are completely surrounded by forest. It’s cooler here than in many other parts of the Ventoux appellation, and certainly cooler than the Rhône Valley floor to the west.
Unang is an isolated, self-contained domaine with, interestingly enough, its own geological category: les sables d’Unang. This refers to a particular type of sandy soil that lies overtop limestone. Apart from Unang’s hillside, pockets of the sands of Unang are also found in the Gigondas AOC.
When James and Joanna King bought Unang in 2001, there were twenty hectares of vines in various parcels up and down the hillside, and in varying degrees of health. Six hectares of poorly sited and/or diseased vines were torn out, and a new cellar was put in. In 2003, James slowly began to replant, and he plans to grow to eighteen hectares of vines, or a little more than forty-four acres. The white varieties grow farthest down the hillside in the coolest zone, while the reds occupy the mid and upper slopes. What James likes in wine is elegance and depth, and his site enables him to make such wines par excellence. These are high-altitude wines of freshness, vigor, and minerality.
All grapes are hand-harvested at Unang, and the vineyard is now certified organic, the white since 2012 and the red and rose since 2013.