Domaine de la Verriere
Verriere Haut de la Jacotte Ventoux Red 2013
(90% Syrah, 10% Grenache) This is the top notch wine produced by the Domaine. Located on the southern foothills of the Mount Ventoux in the Luberon, this idyllic vineyard site and domaine east of Goult produces authentic yet modern styled wines that usually sell out locally. Red Clay and limestone slopes elevated above the Luberon valley produce full-bodied, ripe Syrah and Grenache similar to Chateauneuf. The owners Jacques and Veronique Maubert are moving towards sustainable farming recently switching to 100% natural organic fertilizers. They favor limited yields and usually do a green harvest. The yield for Haut de la Jacotte is under 30 hi/ha which is well below the appellation standard. Jacques prefers a long and slow maceration (21 days) followed by 12 months in new oak barrels for the Syrah. Production of the wine is never more than 1000 cases. Haut de la Jacotte 2013 shows a nose of underbrush, smoked meat and liquorice with a hint of vanilla. On the palate it is rich with firm tannic structure and flavors of black olive, game and chocolate cherries and a long, smooth finish. This is a powerful wine and needs red meats and heavy sauce and flavored dishes to complement it.