This Tuesday, join us at the bar at Racines NY for a tasting of superb, old-fashioned Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Seguret crafted with unique care by the Chastan family. David Lillie from and Pascaline will welcome Dany and Carole Chastan who run today the estate.
In David's words: "Le Clos du Joncuas, founded in 1920 by Pierre Auguste Chastan, has always farmed with natural methods and has been officially organic since 1980. 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. Especially brilliant is the "Esprit de Grenache" from 60 year-old massale selection vines. Clos du Joncuas also has excellent parcels in neighboring Vacqueyras and Séguret. Rounding out their production is an oustanding Gigondas Rosé, certainly one of the finest in the Southern Rhône, and a superb Séguret 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!"
We will pour a flight of 6 wines:
2017 Domaine de la Garancière, CdR-Séguret, Blanc
2017 Clos du Joncuas, Gigondas, Rosé
2015 Domaine de la Garancière, CdR-Séguret
2016 Clos du Joncuas, Vacqueyras, La Font de Papier
2016 Clos du Joncuas, Gigondas
2015 Clos du Joncuas, Gigondas, Esprit de Grenache
Flight will be at $40, we will start to pour at 5.30.
Chef Diego Moya will create for the occasion a special bar snack to go with the flight.
Reservation is recommended at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you Tuesday night!