I’m new to the terroir of Ventoux but the 2016 Saint Jean de Barroux ‘La Source’ certainly speaks to that of the Southern Rhône and could hold a candle to many a Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Young and exuberant, with lifted aromas of fresh blueberry, blackberry, plum, cherry compote, anise, fresh savoury herbs
The palate is bold, with only mild tannins and flavours of Turkish delight and chocolate to go with the fruit.
Impressed by this - tasted blind, I would’ve probably considered a high quality Cotes du Rhône. — 2 days ago
Absurd value from @wtso
Pnp let sat for an hour or so, initially very jammy but that blew off.
N: Dark red fruits verging on black, Amarena￼ cherries, tobacco, earth, iron.
P: That sense of iron repeats, virtually no tannins, Sense of place, yes.
As another reviewer said, you could drink this down easy.
We’re still looking for complexity though. — 17 days ago
The Guigal family owns some of the best vineyards in the Rhône Valley and makes some of the best wines. This wine is an excellent introductory wine for the Rhône Valley. This wine is an excellent value for the region considering it is from one of the world’s most notable producers. Deep dark red, aromatic spices and dark fruit. Do Not turn away from this wine! — 2 days ago
Elegant with a lustry finesse that speaks to the specific terroir of northern Rhône. Black plum, and currant with fig and hints of tobacco and spice. Well balanced with taut acidity. — 8 days ago
Popped and poured from my cellar. The cork was absolutely perfect. The 2005 pours a rather turbid, deep garnet at nearly 17 years old. There's quite a bit of fine sediment that clings to the edge of the glass with each swirl. Medium+ viscosity. On the nose, this was initially a bit grumpy but within minutes, it relaxed and started to show some real charm. A fully developed wine, this is becoming a bit of a Leather Daddy, full of leather (obviously), bruised and desiccated red, black and blue fruits, Christmas spice fruit cake, coffee, damp earth, and candied nuts. On the palate, the fruit remains quite stunning and confirms the mix of bruised and desiccated fruit with a sort of sherried character. Loads of salmiakki (salted licorice), spiced nuts, pepper, coffee and, you guessed it, leather. The wine was dry, technically, but almost gives the sensation of some RS with all of the over-ripe fruits and the texture was almost sappy, in some ways. However, while this was absolutely rich and well-endowed, it was not cloying. Tannins have fully integrated (though still present) and the acid was like a girdle keeping everything held together. This remains a rather large personality even if it's showing its age. Definitely in a lovely spot...but how much longer will that last? If this wasn't my last bottle, I would probably be drinking these over the next five years unless you want the full Leather Daddy experience...which is okay if that's your thing. — 7 hours ago