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Domaine des Anges, Côtes du Ventoux

'The best wines being made in the region' (Robert M. Parker, Wines of the Rhône Valley, Dorling Kindersley)

'All these wines are wrongly priced - but in the consumer's favour' (Matthew Nugent, Evening Herald)

Since Parker made the above comment in The Wine Advocate, Domaine des Anges has been regarded as an estate to watch and take seriously. More...


  2012 VDP de Vaucluse Cabernet Sauvignon
Fruity, concentrated ripe Cabernet with some oak character and great tannins. Recommended by Oz Clarke more details...
£7.85 (Bottle)
£54.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2014 Ventoux Blanc
White wine, dry but fruity with just a hint of oak. WA: 87/100 more details...
£9.00 (Bottle)
£63.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2010 Ventoux Seraphin
Pure Grenache from a stunning vintage with bright cherry fruit and a crunchy style. more details...
£12.75 (Bottle)
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  2012 Ventoux 'L'Archange'
Powerful Syrah-driven, oak-aged prestige cuvée. WA: 90/100 more details...
£14.00 (Bottle)
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  2011 Ventoux 'Seraphin'
A masterful 100% Grenache. Classic Rhone at its best. WA: 90/100 more details...
£15.00 (Bottle)
£60.00 (6x75cl btls in bond)
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  2009 Ventoux 'Seraphin'
Rich, exotic sweet, structured Grenache. An inexpensive take on Chateauneuf-du-Pape. more details...
£15.00 (Bottle)
£60.00 (6 btls in bond)
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Domaine des Anges' former winemaker Ciaràn Rooney was one of the first people we met professionally when we started BRW. He struck us as quiet and intensely serious man (he still is where wine is concerned) but he was new to the job and with both Malcolm Swan and Gay McGuinness (neither of whom could be said to be introverts) present it was difficult for him to do much more than tell us about the wines. Over the years, however, he seems to have warmed to us (despite our being English) and we regularly get together to outdo each other in both wine and cuisine. Ciaràn has a finely-tuned palate which is evident in his wines and he is reassuringly unafraid to embrace modern ideas. The result: some wonderful sun-kissed wines.

Englishman Malcolm Swan purchased the Domaine de Notre Dame des Anges in Mormoiron, Vaucluse in 1973. He took the estate to the top of the appellation, retiring in 1998 when the estate's current owner, Kilkenny man Gay McGuinness, appointed Dubliner Ciaràn Rooney as the estate manager and winemaker.

Originally from Dublin, Ciaràn's family moved to South Africa whilst he was still at school. Almost by accident he studied Oenology and Viticulture at Stellenbosch University and gained experience all over the world prior to his arrival in Mormoiron just in time for the 1998 harvest. 

Ciaràn's CV includes stints at top Bordeaux châteaux such as Lafite Rothschild, the Pauillac premier cru classé, Rieussec (Sauternes) and Château du Seuil (Graves) as well as leading  New World estates such as Tim Knappstein Wines and Tyrells in Australia, Kumeu River (New Zealand), Argyle Wines and Cakebread Cellars (USA) and Thelema and Neil Ellis Wines in South Africa. This international background is very much evident in Ciaràn's wines, particularly his top red, Clos de l'Archange, renamed L'Archange from 2000. Recent vintages have been very much in the style of the new oak Gigondas wines that cost upwards of £20 although L'Archange is more Syrah-rich than most of these.

Ciaràn left Domaine des Anges in 2011, having devoted over 12 years to building up the quality and reputation of the estate's wines. He is now working in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and has been replaced in Mormoiron by his former assistant, Florent Chave who is continuing in the same vein and who came to the estate by way of Domaine Brusset. It's a small world!

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