This medium bodied red is fruit forward and lush. On the nose we can smell the Garrigue laced with dark plums, loganberry and ripe red fruits. It is bright and juicy with a light, supple tannin structure making ‘Le Sanglier Fou’ or ‘the mad boar’ eminently quaffable.
Long the home to some of the world’s finest value wines, the Southern Rhône’s multifarious appellations, sites and climates provide the perfect terroir in which to make characterful, low intervention wines. Working alongside Guillaume Gonnet, Val de Garrigue tracks down parcels of wine from some of the best vineyard sources in the region. Flanking both banks of the Rhône, sometimes following the route of the Via Domitia, the old Roman route from France to Spain, these vineyards are perfectly sited. A mixture of chalky clay and large round pebbles combines to ensure that this meagre earth forces the roots to dig deep while the 1000 hours of sun per year are reflected back up to the grapes to assist ripening. The dry, sunny climate aids vine health and, where needed,only organic fertilisers are used. Tasted, re-tasted and blended to our exacting standards, the resulting wines display an uncommon depth of flavour and character coupled with a savoury balance and length that is their hallmark.