Saint Jean du Barroux

Philippe Gimel
Chemin de Saint Jean 84330 Le Barroux
Tel. 490 708 474 Mobil: 661 071 580
Direct sale: Yes, but make an appointment. He works alone and you never know where to find him. He lives in Caromb, has cellars in Malaucène, and the fields are not easy to find.
"The key point is the terroir, so each visit starts by taking a walk in the vineyard. Then we will reach the cellar for sharing the tasting. See you. :-) PS: I don't put sign on the road, so don't try to find me on your own, you will never succeed. The bes...t is to meet each over on Le Barroux Castle parking."


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 fields in 2003. There were only vineyards and no cellars. Until now he has rented rooms where he could make the wines. His dream is to build a new cellar at a part of the vineyards but this dream costs money and there are many other things to buy when you want to establish a winery - such as machines and other equipment.

The domain covers 16 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 the Dentelles de Montmirail. The lowest part of the fields and the lowers slopes is planted with the white varieties and on the higher slopes - on terrasses - the red varieties grows at several small plots. 

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 normally the case in the area, It's erosions from tertiary or secondary periods.
The red cuvée is called Oligocéne - after one of the geological periods.

The slope is exposed in northern direction, and therefore the grapes matures very late. In some years the harvest takes place in late November.

The work in the fields are strictly organic. Gimel is proud to tell about the unusual amount of different plants and different insects to be found here.

The wines

Ventoux La Source
2008: 70% Grenache, 25% Carignan and 5% Cinsault.

Ventoux l'Argile
2009: 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Carignan/Cinsault.
Partly aged in some years old barriques for 18 months.

Ventoux La Pierre Noire
2007: 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah.
The grapes are not "only" picked by hand. The single grapes are "selected".
Aged in cement tank. It's the best red wine from the appellation.

Ventoux Rosé
2010: 95% Grenache and 5% Cinsault.

Ventoux Blanc Montagne Blanc
Equal shares of Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc and Clairette. 
1/3 is aged in older barriques.

Philippe Gimel



Terrasse on the slope - There are several of them

In the distance you can see the monastery Sainte Madeleine du Barroux

The narrow route leading to the fields of Gimel is Chemin de Pied Conieu.
The red lines along the route is marks of a hiking route.
Probably his cellars in the future will be situated where you see Pié Condieu on the map.
The symbol on the label tells about the dividing point between Mont Ventoux and Dentelles de Montmirail.

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Updated 14-03-2015