Saint Jean du Barroux

Philippe Gimel
Zone d'Activité la Croix de Florent métiers
84340 Malaucène
Tel. 490 708 474 Mobil: 661 071 580
Direkte salg: Ja. Aftale anbeflaes
Mail: contact@saintjeandubarroux.com
Web: www.saintjeandubarroux.com

  

Gimel is educated as an oenolog (Diplôme National d'Oenologue de Toulouse) and has worked at different estates - in Rhone at Chateau de Beaucastel and at Domaine de la Janasse. For years he was looking for a place to start his own production of wine. After looking at many vineyards for sale he at last found vineyards with an interesting terroir and he bought these vineyards in 2003. 
There were only vineyards and no cellar.
The domain covers 16,5 ha. 4 of them are covered with fruit threes, forrest and lots of plants. It's situated to the south of the road between Le Barroux and Malaucène at the very lowest slopes of Mont Ventoux and facing the northern part of the valley with slopes towards Dentelles de Montmirail. The lowest part of the is planted with the white varieties and on the higher slopes the terraces are only with 4-6 rows of vines

Even though there is only 12,5 ha. with vines the terroirs are very different. The soil has originated from three different geological periods and none of them is glacial as it's erosions from three different geological periods.
The slope is exposed in northern direction, and therefore the grapes matures realtivly late. In some years the harvest takes place in October or maybe in November.

The oval marker shows the approximate location of Gimels fields.
The court bumpy road up to the location is called Chemin de Pied Conieu.
The red dotted line along the road indicating a marked hiking trail.
For several years it was Gimels dream to build a cellar at the parcel with the "u" in "Conieu" but the permit was missed just before the "finish line" because of local objections.
2007-2015 Gimel made his wines in a rented room formerly jused by a fruit producer that pushed already in 2014 to use the premises for other purposes.
Since 2016 Gimel has been able to make his wines in a refurbished basement, which is established by the owner, a contractor who had originally intended to use the premises for machines, but who for various reasons seams to have given up using the building himself.


Philippe Gimel in his vineyards in 2008. On the horizon you can see the eastern part of Dentelles de Montmirail. To the right you see Sainte Madeleine de Barroux situated near the road from Le Barroux to Suzette.
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The lower part of the vineyards 
Higher on the slope there are only 4-5 rows on each terrasse.

The work in the vines are strictly organic. Gimel is proud to tell about the unusual amount of different plants and different insects to be found here.
In addition to the 12.5 ha vines are in between and outside terraces 4 ha. with fruit trees, forest and an unusually varied flora which naturally leads to a great diversity of insects.
During the picking of grapes a very careful sorting of the grapes are made.
Since Pilippe would prefere whole bunce fermentation but will not use immature stalks and therefore he desteem all the grapes and sort the mature stems from the greens and lets them go into the fermentation tanks


To Philippe Gimel a tasting is a serious matter. He is top motivated when he present his wines and you can't avoid to be impressed by his passion.
 Before 2016 a tasting was like a picnic by his vineyards - Photo from 2008. Just beside his new cellar are some trees giving shadows - Photo from 2016.

It's important to note that the photos below are from August 2016. The cellar and it's surroundings are certainly different today.


The building to the left is Philippe's new cellar. In August 2016 it was uncertain what will happen with the unfineshed house.

Wines

Ventoux La Source  (Danish Cuvée)
70% Grenache, 25% Carignan and 5% Cinsault.

Ventoux l'Argile
75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Carignan/Cinsault.
Partly aged in older barriques for 18 months

Ventoux La Pierre Noire
75% Grenache and 25% Syrah.
The grapes are not "only" picked by hand. The single grapes are "selected".
Aged in cement tank. It's the best red wine from the appellation.

Ventoux Rosé
95% Grenache and 5% Cinsault.

Ventoux Blanc Montagne Blanc
1/3 Grenache Blanc, 1/3 Bourboulenc and 1/3 Clairette. 
1/3 aged in old barriques.

Ventoux Micro-Climat
Grenache, Carignan and Syrah. From last harvested rest of grapes.

 


In August 2016 the barrels were arranged from floor to ceiling as a temperature controlled room (right) was during construction.
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The symbol on the labels tells about the dividing point between Mont Ventoux and Dentelles de Montmirail.


When Google passed by in May 2014 only the mansion was constructed

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Updated 30-01-2017