Le Bois des Dentelles, Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu, France 2019
David Gaugué's tiny 1 hectare estate sits in the shadow of the Dentelles de Montmirail (pictured) in Plan de Dieu – a small appellation in between Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas in the Southern Rhône.
The estate is organically certified and the crop hand harvested by David, his family and friends.
His 2019 is unfiltered and unfined to avoid stripping the wine of any character so it might throw a tiny deposit, but as a result, the juice itself absolutely sings – it's incredibly vibrant with juicy red fruit flavours, a lovely freshness and delicate herbal notes from the garrigue that covers the hills in the area.
Offered: October 2020.
Vintage report: A mild spring followed by a very hot summer has resulted in low-ish yields but excellent quality. The best examples in the southern Rhône are concentrated but balanced with a lovely freshness.
Drinking window: It is so good at the moment with its youthful fruitiness and ripe tannins but it will develop well, so you could always hang on to a few bottles and see how it matures over the next 3 – 4 years.
Food matching: Hearty beef or game stews, roast beef. Hard cheeses.