Montirius

This brilliant 58 hectare domaine comprising mainly of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Côtes-du-Rhône has been run biodynamically since 1996. It is planted with Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre and a smattering of white varietals.The Côtes-du-Rhône ‘Jardin Secret’ is 100% Grenache (55 years old); it can’t be classified as villages despite being from Sablet as it’s a monocepage. The Sérine cuvée is a blend of Syrah and Grenache from a cool climate, 1 hectare plot of sandstone. The other cuvée in this range is La Muse Papilles, which is predominantly a younger vine Grenache designed to drink a little younger. In Vacqueyras the Saurels produce a racy white made from Grenache Blanc, Roussane and Bourboulenc (50%) and 3 different cuvées of red. The entry level version is astonishing value. Le Village is made from 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah from youngish vines and is wonderfully crunchy and bright. Le Clos is a 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah from a large 8 hectare plot of complex soils. It spends 18 months in cement prior to bottling. The top cuvée Garrigues is 2/3 Grenache and 1/3 Syrah from 65 year old vines planted on rich soil and producing a powerful wine of real integrity. There are also 3 cuvées of Gigondas. La Tour is made from younger vines (80% Grenache/20% Mourvèdre) and is pretty and gentle and designed for earlier drinking. Le Clos is the same blend but from 75 year old vines, whose yields are lower and whose fruit is wonderfully intense. The top wine is the Terre des Ainés, again the same cépage blend also from old vines but a blend of 3 different parcels.

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