Mas Oncle Ernest 'Patience'
Rhone Valley, France
A lighter style of Rhône red and all the more enjoyable for that. Wonderful cherry and black pepper on the nose followed by red berries and blackcurrants with a touch of vanilla. Well integrated tannins make this a very approachable wine made from the Syrah and Grenache grapes.
- Rhone Valley
- Syrah, Grenache
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Alex Roux is a winemaker we’re very excited about. Only 30 years old, he is transforming his vineyard and making wonderful organic wines in the increasingly sought-after Ventoux A/C in the Southern Rhône. The mountainside property is named after his great grandfather, Ernest, who was the first to plant vines here.
Rugged and Wild
Alex is the first generation to make and bottle wine from the family plots on the western and southern sides of Mont Ventoux. It’s a rugged region with a wide variety of soil types and his vineyards are hidden up mountain paths between oak, beech and cedar trees. It was wonderful to see the wild herbs growing on his vineyards, a natural result of his organic practices.
The Little Burgundian
His vines are high enough on Mont Ventoux to benefit from significant cooling in the otherwise Mediterranean climate. This helps him to create a lighter style of Rhône red and a wonderful counterpoint to the heavier brutes from neighbouring appellations. His wines’ remarkable freshness and elegance are traits that have earned him the nickname “the little Burgundian at the bottom of Ventoux.”
"Intense and authentic character. Black fruits and a graphite minerality supported by firm tannins and terroir expression. Serve with cold sliced rolled brisket and pickles."
"Here's a Cotes du Rhone with a difference and not just in the shape of the bottle. This wine, from Alex Roux, a young winemaker with vineyards scattered around Ventoux, has a delicacy that I don't associate with Cotes du Rhone and it's vinified to extract some proper tannic structure. It's a savoury wine, properly at home with food. Organically produced, you can almost taste the wild herbs of the hillside."
Mas Oncle Ernest
The 25 hectares that comprise Alix Roux's Mas Oncle Ernest estate are formed for a soft sandstone known locally as "Safre". Cycling fans will know Mount Ventoux which overlooks Alix's vineyards, funneling wind across the vineyards, cooling the vines in summer.