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Chateau Unang - La Croix Rouge 2016


  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Rhône
  • Wine Area: Southern Rhône
  • Wine Maker: James and Joanna King
  • Grape: Grenache Blend
  • Grape Percentage: Grenache, Sy,rah, Cinsault
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Food Matching

Food Matching

Serve at below room temperature (15ºC). Ready to drink from 2015 and will improve for 5+ years from then. An elegant accompaniment to a leg of lamb.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2016) JR: 16.5 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

This wine has an intense spicy, graphite nose, and a hint of vanilla. A deep ruby-coloured wine, it also has cherry fruit, mocha and Sichuan pepper notes. The tannins are soft and present, and support the velverty and textured length. Our freshness is there but so is some body.

Winery Information

Chateau Unang

CHATEAU UNANG – MAGICAL WINES FROM A MAGICAL PLACE! James and Joanna King are both Scottish by descent. They bought the dilapidated, but magical 18th century Chateau Unang in 2001, and a great deal of renovating and replanting followed. This unique domaine is surrounded by oak forests, above the Nesque river bed overlooking the Vaucluse plateau. Sheltered from the Mistral by Mont Ventoux, this is a stunning corner of the Vaucluse, located just outside the pretty village of Malemort du Comtat.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016)89 pts

Predominantly Grenache (with Syrah and Cinsault), the oak-aged 2016 Ventoux la Croix is marked by scents of mocha, roasted meat and grilled plums. Medium to full-bodied, but it is very drinkable, with a fresh, savory finish. (2012)16.5 pts

Tasted Oct 2015 - Fine aroma of deep, dark peppery fruit with the sweetness of Grenache and oak spice. Finely dry texture, deep pile, rounded tannins. Firm but still juicy. (JH)

Vinification Notes

The highest terraces at Unang, at 300 metres, are reserved for La Croix. Our thin, sandy soils are straight over the limestone at this height and the north/east aspect, fanned by the Mistral wind, leads to ripe, clean fruit. The cuvée always leads with grenache, ably supported by the dark, concentrated syrah. The grenache and cinsault were cooled on entry to the cave to harness the fruit. The syrah has a slightly longer fermentation and extraction (up to three weeks), to give more structure to support the fruit. The blend is aged in demi- muids for 16 months.