The second part of our blog to discover the wines of the Vaucluse delves deeper into the individual wines themselves. We have already learned about the different levels of Rhone wines and now it is time to highlight some of the best types of wine that the region produces.
An unusual wine as it is the only place in the whole of the Rhone Valley that takes advantage of using the Muscat grape. To taste this wine is a delight if you love fruit, as it is a very rich red wine packed with enormous amounts of fruit. As you would expect with Muscat grapes, there is also a very sweet white wine which is confusingly termed as Beaumes-de-Venise.
One of the most famous wines in the world is Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and for the really good vintages it can command a very high price. The wine is full-bodied and packs a punch, normally a deep red color, and it is a fine accompaniment to food and adores meat dishes and hearty stews. Chateauneuf-du-Pape does vary from one producer to the next, and the reason for this is that 13 grape varieties may be used in its production. This wine normally is produced from vines grown on very stony terroir, the stones maintain the heat from the sun and release it slowly long after sunset.
Sometimes referred to as Chateauneuf-du-Pape’s little brother, this nickname belittles this quality wine. There is a distinct aroma of small youthful berry fruits, which develops later in the wine to a more peppery and spicy wine. Vacqueyras beauty is in its balance, the wines have definite characteristics and often have a unique freshness. This wine has been the official Cru of the Avignon wine festival since 1998.
Gigondas is another superb Rhone wine, the vines are raised at the feet of the Dentelles de Montmirail, and due to the terroir and the cooler climate a rather unique wine is produced. The nose of the wine is predominately fruity with woody overtones, and the flavors to the palate are red fruits, and a hint of almonds.
Mont Ventoux is abundant in cedar, beech, white oak, and pine and it is where the Alps meet the Mediterranean. A diverse flora and fauna exist in the region and it all helps to make the terroir highly individual. Ventoux wines are ideal for drinking by themselves as well as with food, they are very smooth with a wide range of flavors from red berry fruits right through to licorice and truffle. The Ventoux also produces some light and refreshing rose wines and whites with a charming citrus flavor.
Ventoux wines are getting increasingly popular all around the world, their charming and gentle finish is ideal for a wide cross section of palates. Without doubt the wines of the southern Rhone Valley represent the variety of the Vaucluse countryside. From verdant green and lush countryside to the rocky terrain of mountain bases. This vast range of terroir means that the local areas and villages produce a variety of wine, from deep complex reds, to light and refreshing rose’s and white’s.