Meeting 304 - Posh Castles and Up and Coming Ventoux  Speaker:  Sophie Vestringhe 

Held at Waltham St Lawrence         Friday 18th May  2007

    Sophie gave us a good tour of the wines of Ventoux and Chateau Neuf du Pape. The Aperitif, a Muscat de Baume de Venise was unusual and some suggested it might have gone better with the blue cheese that came later. Sopie said that only a few percent of the wines produced in Ventoux are white. The two wines we tasted seemed to support the idea that the growers couldn't seem make up their minds as to what might be characteristic of the area. The first, Cave de Lumieres, made from White Granache and Clairette had a good fragrant nose and pleasant lemony fruit with a clean acidic finish, but would not stand up to whites from many other parts of the world at a similar price. The Viognier of Domaine de la Verriere from Vaucluse was better but it wasn't clear that the 6 months in oak had improved it. 
    Of the red wines, the most popular Ventoux was the Domaine de la Verriere. With 50% Syrah and 40% Grenache, it showed typical Southern French sunshine. With a dark, almost purple colour and berry fruit nose, the full fruit body and approachable tannin, it made for a well balanced wine which will certainly last a few years. The best Chateau Neuf du Pape was the Domaine Pierre Usseglio. 

    Overall a very interesting tasting but there were some reservations about the prices. 

Aperitif:      Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Domaine du Fenouillet 2005

The Whites Rating Price*
Côtes du Ventoux, Cave de Lumieres, Aubepine 2006 8 preferred £7.50
Vine de Pays de Vaucluse, Domaine de la Verriere, Viognier 2006 24 preferred £9.00
The Reds    
Côtes du Ventoux, Cave de Bonnieux, Terres Rouges 2004 6 £6.50
Côtes du Ventoux, Domaine de la Verriere, La Haut de la Jacotte 2003 8 £9.50
Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine de la Côte de l'Ange 2005 7+ £15.00
Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine Pierre Usseglio 2004 8+ £19.00
The Supper Wines    
Côtes du Ventoux, Les Vignerons du Mont Ventoux VMV Elite 2003    
Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine Paul Autard 2004    

Note: * The prices are approximate as several of the wines were obtained direct from the vineyards.

Supper Planned & Prepared by Charlotte. See the Menu