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L’Argile

Saint Jean du Barroux

L’Argile Bottle
Appellation
Ventoux
Variety
Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault
Age of Vines
40
Farming
Certified organic (ECOCERT)
Soil
Clay limestone, marl, gravel
Altitude
300-400 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, destemmed, natural yeast fermentation in concrete
Aging
24 months in concrete, additional aging in bottle until Philippe decides to release it

Overview

After working at Chateau Beaucastel and Domaine de la Janasse Philippe Gimel purchased 12.5 hectares of vines in the unheralded Ventoux. After years of working in abject penury devoting his energies into organic farming, tending his vines by hand and working (and living!) out of a makeshift cellar Philippe is beginning to get the attention that his talent and hard work deserves. The rocky clay soils of his vineyards are devoted to producing a wine he calls l’Argile which is a blend of Grenache and Syrah with small proportions of Carignan and Cinsault. Thoroughly old school, he ferments and ages his wine in concrete tanks for a very long time before bottling – in the cases of L’Argile, at least two years. Naturally he also waits to release the wines after an additional time in bottle; when he feels they are drinking well.

Ratings & Reviews

95

2017 L’Argile

Source: JD

93

2015 L’Argile

Source: JD

93

2013 L’Argile

Source: WA

93

2010 L’Argile

Source: WA

94

2009 L’Argile

Source: WA

92

2013 L’Argile

Source: WA

Rhône, France
  • Location
    Rhône, France
  • Appellation
    Ventoux
  • Proprietor
    Philippe Gimel
  • Winemaker
    Philippe Gimel
  • Size / Elevation
    12.5 hectares / 300-400 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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