In a nutshell: An excellent, highly rewarding, biodynamic Southern Rhone red from the appellation of Vacqueyras.
The lowdown: Set in the beautiful Southern Rhone the Montirius estate, run biodynamically for over 20 years, extends over 38 parcels across the Vacqueyras, Gigondas and Côtes du Rhône appellations. The rather special 'Le Clos' vineyard sits alone above the Comtat plain and surrounded on all sides by old oak woodland providing a particularly small mirco-climate for the 30 year old vineyard. Aromas of lifted, perfumed blackcurrant and kirsch notes with touches of liquorice, vanilla and wild garrigue. The palate is rounded, smooth and silky with good concentration and juiciness to the fruit, a touch of savouriness, and balanced with fine, delicate tannins. A very well made and rather refined wine from the great 2016 vintage.
When to drink: This wine is drinking well now though will benefit from decanting, but will keep for the rest of the decade. Try with entrecôte steak, pigeon, chicken liver pâté, or even shepherd's pie.
Domaine Montirius is one of the leading estates of the southern Rhône's Vacqueyras appellation and is run by the fifth generation of the same family with husband and wife team of Eric and Christine currently at the helm. In 2011 their daughter Justine joined the bsuiness and is manily involved alongside Eric in the winery. Since 1996 they've been farming their vineyards biodynamically which gets the best out of the soils and the low-yielding old vines that grow in them.