Ventoux Rouge, “Les Hauts de Valcombe”
The “second label” from Valcombe, this certified organic wine is produced in the same fashion as their top cuvée. It is based on 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah from exclusively north-facing vineyards, and this less-sun-drenched exposition keeps the wine fresh, balanced, and agile. Harvest takes place at night to ensure the healthiest possible fruit entering the cellar, and fermentation begins spontaneously and lasts for around ten days—again keeping the wine relatively light on its feet. Both fermentation and aging take place in the traditional cement vats of the region, and sulfur is applied to the wine only just prior to bottling, and in homeopathic amounts. The wine combines an appealing ripeness with a spice-tinged, savory streak—the mark of a relatively high percentage of Syrah in the blend.