|Saint Jean du
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
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
Even though there is only 12 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
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
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.
Ventoux La Source
2008: 70% Grenache, 25% Carignan and 5% Cinsault.
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.
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.