Saint Jean du Barroux

Philippe Gimel
Zone d'Activité la Croix de Florent métiers
84340 Malaucène
Tel. +33 490 708 474 Mobil: +33 661 071 580
Direct sale: Yes but an appointment are recommendable


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.
At the start
thje bought area covered 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 relatively late. 

The oval marker shows the approximate location of Gimels vineyards
The court bumpy road up to the location is called Chemin de Pied Conieu.
The red dotted line along the road is 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 who 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 was established by the owner, a contractor who had originally intended to use the premises for machines, but who for various reasons he gave up using the buildings himself and today (2019) Gimel has not only vineyards but also his own cellar and a nice house for living with tasting room and office.
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.
After moving to the new cellar Gimel has bought parcel just nearby, so the vineyards is now covering 19 ha.

During the picking of grapes a very careful sorting of the grapes are made.
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 let them go in to the fermentation tanks.

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.

The lower part of the vineyards 
Higher on the slope there are only 4-5 rows on each terrasse.

For 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.


Ventoux La Source  (Danish Cuvée - only in DK)
2017: Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault. 25 hlha.

Ventoux l'Argile
2016: 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah og 10% Carignan/Cinsault. 20 hl/ha
Partly aged in older barriques for 18 month.

Ventoux La Pierre Noire
2016: 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah.
The grapes are of course cut manuel but even selected grape for grape.15 hl/ha.
Aged in concrete or barriques. One of the very best wines from Ventoux.

Ventoux Rosé
Grenache, Cinsault.

Ventoux Blanc Montagne Blanc
2018: 1/3 Grenache Blanc, 1/3 Bourboulenc, 1/3 Clairette. 10 hl/ha.
1/3 aged in barriques.


2019: Indoor tasting room with sommelier - échanson
The gentleman to the left is a Danish expert - especially Gimel expert

In 2019 Philippe Gimel has two employees Justine (Ju Coco) and Baptiste.

The symbol on the labels tells about the dividing point between Mont Ventoux and Dentelles de Montmirail.

Juli 2019. Gimel has plans about a "botanical garden" in front of his house. We will see what happens - to quote a famous American.

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Updated 16-09-2019