Jean-Michel Vache has an enviable spread of sun-trapped vineyards, a parcel of which is planted with old Syrah vines. The hot summers and fully-exposed vines usually prompt a Vacqueyras harvest up to two weeks earlier than that of the cooler hilly sites of Gigondas. These often baking hot conditions during the growing season mean that less conscientious viticulteurs can produce rustic, fully-charged red wines where the lack of balance makes more than one glass over dinner a virtual impossibility! Luckily Jean-Michel is not one of these, in fact quite the opposite. His passion for good wine prevents him from allowing his grapes to over-ripen and from using any split or unhealthy ones for fermentation, which often affects purity of flavour and acidity levels. Acidity and purity are further preserved by maturation of all of the wines in steel and concrete vat. The delicious Templiers is made mainly from old vines Syrah displaying great depth, richness and fi nesse. The complex, structured and powerful Gigondas La Tour Sarrazine, which only comes from vines high up in the Dentelles, is a full-flavoured Grenache, Syrah and Mourv?dre blend that demonstrates the harmonisi ing effect of good fruit and acidity in a wine.