|Saint Jean du
Zone d'Activité la Croix de Florent métiers 84340
Tel. 490 708 474 Mobil: 661 071 580
Direkte salg: Ja. Aftale anbeflaes
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
The domain covers 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 realtivly late. In some years the harvest takes place in
October or maybe in November.
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 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 that 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 is
established by the owner, a
contractor who had originally intended
to use the premises for machines,
but who for various reasons seams to have
given up using the building himself.
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
The lower part of the vineyards
Higher on the slope there are only 4-5 rows on each terrasse.
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
During the picking of grapes a
very careful sorting of the grapes are made.
Since 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 lets them go into
the fermentation tanks
To 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.
It's important to note that the
photos below are from August 2016. The cellar and it's surroundings are
certainly different today.
The building to the left is Philippe's new cellar. In August 2016 it was
uncertain what will happen with the unfineshed house.
Ventoux La Source (Danish
70% Grenache, 25% Carignan and 5% Cinsault.
75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Carignan/Cinsault.
Partly aged in older barriques for 18 months
Ventoux La Pierre Noire
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.
95% Grenache and 5% Cinsault.
Ventoux Blanc Montagne Blanc
1/3 Grenache Blanc, 1/3 Bourboulenc and 1/3 Clairette.
1/3 aged in old barriques.
Grenache, Carignan and Syrah. From last harvested rest of grapes.
In August 2016 the barrels were arranged from floor to ceiling as a temperature
controlled room (right) was during construction.
The symbol on the labels tells about
the dividing point between Mont Ventoux and Dentelles de
When Google passed by in May 2014
only the mansion was constructed