In a nutshell: A fresh, supple and organic Rhône Valley red blend grown on the slopes of Mont Ventoux.
The lowdown: Because of the higher altitude of the vineyards in the Ventoux area they can make wines with more freshness than elsewhere in the Rhône Valley. This, made by Scottish ex-pat James King is a blend of Syrah and Grenache which, after fermentation spends a year in oak barrels which adds texture and softness. The Syrah gives it a marked darkness of colour. And there are violets, cherries and hints of tobacco aromas which lead onto a palate of brambles, black pepper and herbs. Altogether this is a well made wine and largely achieves the elegance and depth of flavour which they set out to reach.
When to drink: The softness and freshness make this highly versatile, but roast lamb, poultry and game are good food matches.
Château Unang, which sits above the Nesque river overlooking the Vaucluse plateau, has been in the hands of Scottish couple James and Joanna King since 2003. Since they've taken over a great deal of renovating and replanting has taken place which has made this once neglected estate a real treasure. They have just 15 hectares of vines which sit on limestone soils at an altitude of between 200 and 300 metres in superbly sheltered sites. Their white grapes site at the lower levels and get more protection from the summer sun giving wines with good levels of minerality, whilst the red grapes sit higher up and have a south-easterly aspect. They've been certified organic since 2013. James King is the winemaker who exercises great care and attention to all their cuvées, all of which represent excellent value for the modest prices they charge.