Clos du Joncuas: Old-Fashioned Organic Wines from Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Seguret!

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Clos du Joncuas, founded in 1920 by Pierre Auguste Chastan, has always farmed with natural methods and has been officially organic since 1980. Currently run by sisters Dany and Carole Chastan, the estate's Gigondas vines are on slopes below the Dentelles de Montmirail on soils of clay with dolomite and gypsum over the limestone of the Dentelles and average 40 to 90 years old. Vinifications here are entirely old-school; whole-clusters fermented with wild yeasts in cement and aged in old barrels. The wines tend to be a bit tannic when young but begin to drink well after 3 to 4 years and show beautifully at 8 to 15 years with the wonderful complexity typical of real, un-spoofilated, old-fashioned Gigondas. Especially brilliant is the 2005 "Esprit de Grenache" from 60 year-old massale selection vines. Clos du Joncuas also has excellent parcels in neighboring Vacqueyras and Seguret. The Vacqueyras also needs three to five years of aging while the Seguret drinks well young in a more forward but still quite traditional, complex style. Rounding out their production is an oustanding Gigondas Rosé, certainly one of the finest in the Southern Rhone, and a superb Seguret Blanc made from 50% Clairette, with Roussanne and Marsanne.

Although unknown in the US - the wines of Clos du Joncuas are not made in a style favored by most American wine writers - these are outstanding wines of terroir that benefit from three generations of natural farming and vinifications with minimal intervention. We urge you to try them!

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Clos du Joncuas 2012 Séguret La Garancière

The estate has been farming organically since the early 1900s, and the wines are made the old-fashioned way with whole-cluster fermentation in neutral oak (with no fining or filtration) which definitely lends a hand to them being fresh, vivid, and pure. The Séguret Village is a dark and meaty wine made from 70% Grenache and 30% Carignan and Mourvèdre. Lots of dark berry fruit reminiscent of cassis and ripe blackberries mingle with deeper notes of orange peel and raw beef. There are also subtle aromas of mint and resin. It is always a pleasure to have a wine so rich and structured, yet young and vibrant at the same time. I highly recommend decanting if you'd like to serve this now alongside heartier fare or, if you have the patience, hold on to it for a few years and enjoy! Tim Gagnon

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Clos du Joncuas 2009 Vacqueyras La Font de Papier

Clos du Joncuas' 2009 La Font du Papier Vacqueyras is a delicious follow-up to the savory 2007 that we enjoyed so much last year! This is old-school southern Rhone wine made from 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah, fermented whole cluster, aged in old barrels and bottled un-fined and unfiltered. Aromas are sultry, spicy, and quite subtle, with meaty black currant and red raspberry notes; the complex palate is full of rich berries and purple fruit, but balanced beautifully by savory earthen and herbal tone, with black licorice, sweet sandalwood, flecks of minty garrigue and  bright citrus oils, gritty tannins and plenty of acidity. Pair it now (decanted) with roasted lamb and gamey fowl, then try it again in five years! Ariana Rolich

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Clos du Joncuas 2009 Gigondas

Deep red/black color. Elegant ripe strawberry, black cherry, spice and floral aromas. Deep, viscous cherry/plum liqueur, brown spice and earthy flavors on the palate backed by firm acidity. Quite ripe and rich, but with enough acidity and tannin to balance. Really well-structured and should age beautifully. A great Gigondas to enjoy now in its primary stage but best 2019–2025.

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Clos du Joncuas 2005 Gigondas

Gigondas can be a bit of a minefield. It can produce great value wines which express distinctive Southern Rhône terroir, conversely it is the source of many wines which are more expressive of expensive cooperage and ambition. The resolutely old-school Clos du Joncuas produces the former. They farm organically, ferment whole cluster with native yeasts in concrete, then age the wine in large used oak casks. The ripe fruit is balanced by fairly stern tannins when young, without the sheen imbued by new oak. This is Gigondas which benefits from time in the cellar, revealing a rustic elegance.

The 2005 Gigondas is in beautiful place. The rich, plummy, black fruit on the nose is balanced by notes of garrigue, meat, and a hint of coffee. The palate is rich and sappy (though not heavy), with warm, concentrated black fruits, leather, spices, and savory minerality. The tannins are still present, framing the ripeness of the fruit without drying out on the finish. A generous, sunny wine with an underlying sense of earthiness, this should be superb with cassoulet, game, or braised meats. -John McIlwain

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Clos du Joncuas 2005 Gigondas Esprit de Grenache VV

This is Gigondas at its finest! 100% Grenache from old vines, fermented in cement, and aged in large oak vats before being bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal added sulphur. It gives you that classic Grenache mustiness – like blackberries and blueberries smashed onto the forest floor – but also more fresh and delicate notes of nutmeg and strawberries. Hints of grapefruit peel, vine tomato and pine offer added depth. Given its age, it is still incredibly energetic on the palate with wonderfully resolved tannins and ripe black berry fruit. Truly a complex and delicious wine with a long life ahead of it! Tim Gagnon

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Clos du Joncuas 2013 Gigondas Rosé

This is a beautiful Gigondas Rosé from our organic friends at Clos du Joncuas. Pretty bright pink color, aromas of red currant, blood orange, peach skin and rose. Full palate with creamy red fruits and firm acidity. Long finish with tart cherry, peach, earth and citrusy acids. Not a light wine, at 14.5% alcohol, and still young – it should open up nicely over the next two years. It's delicious now and very food-friendly – serve with grilled fish and white meats, salade Nicoise, vegetarian dishes and Provençal foods. Arrives approximately April 22nd.

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Clos du Joncuas 2013 Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Blanc

Made from 50% Clairette with Roussanne and Marsanne grown on sandier soils near Gigondas, fermented in cement vat with wild yeasts. Lovely aromas of white fruits, apricot, citrus, almond and stone with floral hints. Balanced full-bodied palate with pear, stone, hay, citrus and spice with firm acidity. A beautiful and versatile Rhone white that will accompany any full-flavored fish dish, goat cheeses, Asian foods, chicken and pork. Sensational value!

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