In a nutshell: An elegant and silky, organic French red blend from the Rhône Valley.
The lowdown: The Vaucluse plateau, the area over which Mont Ventoux stands, is a bit more elevated than other parts of the Rhône Valley and the cooling effect this has can produce wines, such as this one, which have a partiular elegance about them. Unag's La Croix is grown at 300m above sea level on some of the best soils in the region. The fruit is hand harvested and after fermentation aged in in a mix of small barrels and 600 litre 'demi-muids' for 12 months. It's bursting with intense, rich black fruits, spices, and has a lovely minerality, soft but firm tannins and a wonderful freshness. It's silky and fresh on the palate with a beautifully long, savoury finish.
When to drink: With its freshness it's good served at slightly below room temperature and makes a good partner to things like roast lamb.
Château Unang, which sits above the Nesque river overlooking the Vaucluse plateau, has been in the hands of Scottish couple James and Joanna King since 2003. Since they've taken over a great deal of renovating and replanting has taken place which has made this once neglected estate a real treasure. They have just 15 hectares of vines which sit on limestone soils at an altitude of between 200 and 300 metres in superbly sheltered sites. Their white grapes site at the lower levels and get more protection from the summer sun giving wines with good levels of minerality, whilst the red grapes sit higher up and have a south-easterly aspect. They've been certified organic since 2013. James King is the winemaker who exercises great care and attention to all their cuvées, all of which represent excellent value for the modest prices they charge.