|Saint Jean du
Zone d'Activité la Croix de Florent métiers 84340
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
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
The court bumpy road up to
the location is called Chemin de
The red dotted line along
the road is indicating a marked
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
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
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.
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.
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
Ventoux Blanc Montagne Blanc
2018: 1/3 Grenache Blanc, 1/3 Bourboulenc, 1/3 Clairette. 10
1/3 aged in barriques.
2019: Indoor tasting room with
sommelier - échanson
The gentleman to the left is a Danish expert - especially
In 2019 Philippe Gimel has two employees Justine (Ju Coco)
The symbol on the labels tells about
the dividing point between Mont Ventoux and Dentelles de
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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