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2012 Domaine des Anges Ventoux 'L'Archange'
Single Bottles (75cl) @ £14.00
Cases (12 bottles) @ £168.00
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Tasting Notes:
Gorgeous spicy and black fruit (currants, berried and cherries) characters with attractive new oak character (smokey caramel) and some liquorice. Great with barbecued - or any - food! Florent follows the style established by Ciaràn Rooney and varies the blend according to the vintage - sometimes it is more heavily Grenache but in some of the better years, this part of the Ventoux yields some remarkable Syrah so this is bursting with black Syrah fruit. The best value on our list? It's certainly one of them.
Drinking Dates:
2016 to 2022
Cépagement:
90% Syrah, 10% Grenache (minimum vine age: 40 years)
Soil:
Well drained calcareous clays and loams, situated on slopes with full exposure to the sun
Upbringing:
Handpicked in late September and early October, 2012 was a good vintage for Syrah in particular high in the hills where DDA is located. The grapes were crushed and destemmed before being fermented. The Syrah was fermented between 26°C and 28°C for ten days with a delestage every day. The Grenache was fermented in an open tank with regular punch downs during the fermentation period. Further maceration was conducted for four weeks to facilitate the full extraction and softening of the tannins. After pressing and malo-lactic fermentation, the Syrah was placed into traditional Burgundy oak barrels (228l), between two and five years old and matured for twelve months. The Grenache meanwhile was aged in stainless steel tank to preserve its rich fruit flavours. The wine was then blended and very lightly filtered before bottling.
ABV:
14.5%
Critic Reviews:
"A beauty! Offering up gorgeous blackberry, currants, smoked meats and scorched earth-like aromas and flavours, this expressive, pure and fruit loaded effort has a touch of modern flair yet has loads of character and soul." 90/100 (Wine Advocate)

"I've known Domaine des Anges for ages, hidden up in the hills to the east of the Rhone Valley, and this is as good as anything they've produced. It has a ripe, rich smell of chocolate and plum, and a fascinating array of semi-conflicting flavours - blackberry and damson, milk chocolate, pepper and the rasp of herbs, even a hint of lime acidity - that truly evokes the warm wild hills of the Ventoux." (Oz Clarke's 250 Best Wines)

"This Archange has generous aromas of blackcurrant and enchanting blackberry before revealing its power and complexity, its voluptuousness and finesse. It is built for ageing but it will give immediate pleasure if served with a Provencal daube." Two stars (Guide Hachette)

"Forget the price tag. What you are drinking here is a wine worth almost another fiver." (Matthew Nugent, Evening Herald)

"Opulent, zesty and full of ripe fruit flavours. It’s quite delicious." (Ronan Ferran, Sunday Independent)

Food:
Barbecued food (the smokey oak matches the flavour exceptionally well)

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