2017 Chateau Juvenal Ventoux La Terre du Petit Homme

Year: 2017
Appellation: Ventoux
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91
Jeb Dunnuck: 90-92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.5%
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"A blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, with the Grenache aged in tank and the rest in barrel, the 2017 Ventoux la Terre du Petit Homme is full-bodied, velvety and plush in texture, with ripe black cherries, a swirl of cinnamon and clove and a long, slightly warm finish. It should drink well for 4-5 years." (WA)

"Deeper ruby-colored, the 2017 Ventoux La Terre du Petit Homme (50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre) offers more depth and richness, with terrific dark fruits, sweet spice, and garrigue aromas and flavors. It's medium to full-bodied, silky and elegant, with great balance and purity." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Chateau Juvenal is clearly one of the top 3 estates in the entire Ventoux appellation. The vineyards are located on the hillsides and plateau near Graveyron. Chateau Juvenal is considered among the best terroirs available in the appellation and has been certified organic since 2012. In 2011, Anne-Marie and Bernard Forestier and Sébastien Alban merged their domaines to create 20 hectares, built the cellars of Château Juvenal, and made Château Juvenal wines at the castle for the first time, under the leadership of benevolent Philippe Cambie, International renowned oenologist (named best wine consultant of the 2010 year by Robert Parker). In the winter Sébastien cuts the vines with yield in mind, in the spring he debuds and tops with sap in mind, and in the summer he removes misplaced clusters and thins to let in light. The fruit is harvested by hand on a parcel by parcel basis over several weeks. The harvest dates are selected under Philippe Cambie’s watch. All sorting takes place in the vineyard. Once the fruit from a parcel is harvested the fruit is cooled for 48 hours then destemmed and put in a pneumatic press for two to three hours. It is then run into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with each tank representing a single parcel. The tanks destined for red wine see a long maceration with pump-over and delestage twice a day for one month. The result of all the detailed work is amazing raw material, wines that rival much more famous and expensive neighboring appellations.

50% Grenache, 40% Syrah & 10% Mourvèdre; Syrah and Mourvèdre are aged in barrel (10% new) Bright, fresh blackberry, herbs and hints of licorice aromatics. On the palate this is a juicy wine with blackberry, blueberry, clove, licorice, and garrigue and calcaire freshness; powerfully lush and fruity on the palate but the wine still has lift, well integrated oak and mineral aspects. Super length and incredibly persistent finish.