Andrew Guard

2018 Côtes du Ventoux Rouge 'Sur le Caillou', Thomas Jullien

90% Grenache / 10% Syrah
This comes across as a bigger version of the Sur le Fil and it's a superb Southern wine - full flavoured, silken, vibrant and with a gorgeous flow in the mouth. There a freshness and energy in this that is very moreish. This is somewhat similar in style to Ferme St Martin's Cuvee Estaillades, one of my favourites but limited in stock.

La Ferme St Martin have provided us with pristine quality wines from their base high up on the side of the Mont Ventoux for many years, in fact they were in our very first container of wine and we have never mised a beat.

On my visit this year I was met by father Guy Jullien and then taken around by his son Thomas who has been the winemaker for many years now. After we finished the tasting he presented me with three new wines he had made from his neighbours grapes.

The neighbour had pulled out of the local Co-Op and offered the grapes to Thomas, very nice!