Wines of the Earth
The first vintage (1984) of the winery’s flagship ‘Le Cigare Volant’ was released in 1986 as a homage to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It is named after a 1954 law in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC which prevented flying saucers from travelling over vineyards in the region – hence the flying saucer featured on its label. Now, over 25 years later, we are bringing you the 2019 vintage. This is a classic Southern Rhône-style blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, with intense aromas of fresh, ripe plum and strawberry with touches of liquorice and savoury spice.
‘Le Cigare Blanc’ came slightly later in 2003, beginning as a blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. Following a number of difficulties working with Roussanne over in California, it was replaced with the Vermentino variety in 2018. The 2019 vintage is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Vermentino and Clairette that all work together harmoniously resulting in a fresh and vibrant wine with a rounded mouthfeel and medium weight. The Vermentino really shines through with notes of citrusy lime and tropical mango and pineapple with fresh pine and minerally wet stone touches.