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VMV Altitude 500

VMV Altitude 500

Country

France

Region

Rhone

Sub-Region

Côtes du Ventoux

Producer

Les Vignerons du Mont Ventoux

Vintage

2017

Composition

75% GRENACHE, 25% SYRAH

Alcohol

15%

Certifications

Sustainable

Press

2017: 90 points Wine Enthusiast
2016: 90 points Wine Enthusiast

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Winemaker Notes

The “Vignerons du Mont Ventoux” winery is a cooperative founded in 1924 by a small group of winegrowers who chose to join forces and pool their means of production. Today, Vignerons du Mont Ventoux has 27 employees as well as 120 winegrowers with a total surface area of 1,000 hectares: 750 produce AOC Ventoux and 250 produce vins de Pays and table wine. This winery groups together 5 districts: Bedoin, Crillon le Brave, Flassan, Saint Pierre and Modène.

Tasting Notes

Complex nose of ripe red berries and stewed fruits with spicy and toasted aromas and a touch of licorice. Ample and powerful wine in mouth, with a generous fruit and a beautiful aromatic complexity.

Pairing Suggestions

Drink on its own or with grilled meats, deli meats and medium/strong cheeses.

Vineyard

From the plain of Carpentras up to the slopes of the ‘Giant of Provence’, with an elevation going as high as 500 meters (1’640 ft), the wine territory of the boasts an exceptional wealth of soils and microclimates.

Viticulture

The grapes are harvested from 5 villages: Bedoin, Saint Pierre de Vassol, Flassan, Crillon-le-Brave, and Modène.

Vinification

Optimal sanitary state of the harvest which is totally destemmed. Each grape variety is vinified apart. Long vatting with several daily ‘remontages’. Pumping-over of the vat juice onto the cap of solids. Alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperature (28/30°C). Blending after completion of the malolactic fermentation. The wine is matured for 12 months in vats.

Press

“Aromas of ripe but restrained black fruit are accented by wet earth and baked herbs in this voluptuous red. The plump, primary palate offers luscious black-cherry and berry flavors edged by ripe but penetrating tannins. It drinks well already but should hold through 2024.” – 90 points, Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast