Andrew Guard

2017 Côtes du Ventoux Rouge 'Les Estaillades', La Ferme St Martin

90% Grenache / 10% Counoise  This is just the second time we have been able to ship this wine, it's sort of the bigger version of the La Gerine and comes from a parcel acquired by the family in 1999 - it's a superb Southern wine -  full flavoured, silken, vibrant and with a gorgeous flow in the mouth. There is something about this wine, it get me every time.

If there is a prettier vineyard in this part of France then I would like to see it. La Ferme St Martin is serene with sweeping views of the Mont Ventoux and the Dentils de Montmirail. It’s a long winding road up there and not easy to find but if I were a vine, I think I would feel very lucky to be planted here because the Domaine de la Ferme St. Martin is particularly well known in the area for it’s exemplary biodynamic viticulture and it’s outstanding wines.

At Ferme St Martin there is a reason why the wines taste so good. To begin with, the vineyards are all ploughed and no synthetic substances are used - all the work done in the vineyard is done in order to produce healthy grapes whilst retaining the life of the soil and balance in nature that surrounds them, particularly the flora and fauna that surrounds the vine.After an initial sorting in the vineyard, the grapes undergo a second sorting in the winery with the belief that the quality of the grapes directly determines the quality of the wine. All this care and effort and look at the prices!

The wines here are all very intense, in colour, flavour and concentration; due in no small part to the small yields and exemplary viticulture at this estate. The “La Gerine” is a fruity, soft and elegant red with a gentle spicy complexity. The “Terres Jaunes” by contrast is full, fleshy and polished. It is very refined and elegant despite it’s concentration. The “Cuvée St Martin” is qualitatively equivalent to very good Châteauneuf du Pâpe.