The Ventoux appellation lies just to the east of the southern Rhône proper and produces rich, Rhône-style reds from Syrah and Grenache, often with an extra level of freshness thanks to the influence of Mont Ventoux – bane of the Tour de France cyclists.
The region has started to produce some first-class wines in the last decade or so, but prices are in most cases still very reasonable.
Château Juvenal is one of the small estates leading the charge, producing a handful of highly-rated organic wines under the guidance of winemaking legend Philippe Cambie.
The La Terre du Petit Homme is the top wine made here. It comes from the best old vines on the estate and is matured in oak barriques to add depth and complexity. It is rich and fruity with the balance and complexity of something much more expensive and was awarded a huge 93 points on www.robertparker.com - a massive score for a wine at this price.
Offered: March 2017.
Price was: £15.95.
Alcohol: 15.5% abv.
Vintage report: Yields of Grenache a little low, quality excellent though. A punchy vintage with rich, ripe and relatively high alcohol wines.
Drinking window: Delicious now but will age well over the next 5 or so years.
Food matching: Steak, hard cheeses, hearty stews.