My wine of the month is this month two wines, a red and a white from the same producer, Château Valcombe in beautiful appellation of Ventoux. The château is just at the foot of Mont Ventoux, the highest mountain in Provence, almost 2000 meters high.
This is Provence at its very best: pine trees, fields of lavender, cypresses, and cute little villages with terracotta-coloured houses.
However, the appellation of Ventoux belongs to the wine region of Rhone Valley, making it the Rhone Valley’s easternmost outpost. Château Valcombe has 30 hectares with partly very old vines. The estate is under conversion to have its certification.
Château Valcombe Epicure Blanc 2013, Ventoux: Dry white wine with good body and a long finish with subtle oak tones, a little peach aromas and refreshing acidity. Quite elegant. The grapes are a quarter each of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette and Bourboulenc.
Château Valcombe Epicure Rouge 2011, Ventoux: Warm, spicy and a long taste. Aromas of red berries and ripe fruit. Nice length. A wine with Southern character, excellent for winter meat dishes. Grenache dominates with 60% and is supplemented with Carignan and Syrah. Read more: chateau-valcombe.fr.
We recently discovered this wine, at the launch of our new book on French wines in Helsingborg. The event was sponsored with wine from Valcombes’s Swedish importer.
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