Grape varieties:75% Grenache, 25% Syrah
Southern Rhône wines are almost always blended around Grenache to bring balance, complexity and richness of aroma to the wines. Thirteen varietals are permitted. The main varieties are:
Grenache – Medium ruby colour and high alcohol. Delightfully fruity (red fruits) in youth, spice: prune notes with age. Medium dry tannins that soften with age.
Syrah – Deep colour with purple shades. Very tight but velvety tannins giving good ageing potential. Violet and/ or black fruit aromas. With age the aromas evolves towards wild aromas of leather, truffle, and towards liquorice
Mourvèdre – Dark brick red, high tannin brings additional ageing quality to the blend. Sometimes animal notes in its youth become fruity (dark berries, leather, undergrowth, pine, liquorice) and spicy with age.
Cinsault – High proportion in Rosé. Elegant, fruity aromas, light colour and tannin (in reds).
Grenache Blanc – Low acidity giving smoothness and length on the palate with floral aromas and notes of apple and pear.
Clairette – Brings acidity and freshness to the blend. Floral, complex aromas of rose and acacia with notes of white peach and exotic fruit.
Roussanne – Brings finesse and delicacy and a great deal of elegance. Good acidity in the northern Rhône enabling the wine to age well. Complex aromas of honeysuckle with touches of apricot, hawthorn or narcissus.
Bourboulenc – Brings good acidity to the blend. Floral aromas.
Marsanne – Medium acidity, with high aromatic potential in young wines. Complex and subtle floral aromas of acacia, dried fruit and nuts (almond, hazelnut, walnut).
Viognier – Medium colour with low acidity and very fruity (pear) in the Southern Rhône. In the Northern Rhône, it brings suppleness and smoothness. Great aromatic potential – acacia, honeysuckle, violet, almond blossom, linden, and with age, musk, honey and dried apricot.
Terroir: Clay, limestone and gravel slopes at 400 metres of altitude.
The vast majority of wines in the Southern Rhône are aged in neutral tanks such as concrete and stainless steel in order to preserve the delightful fruity characteristics of Grenache. Where oak is used, it is often only used for a proportion of the blend. The majority of wines in the Northern Rhône however, are aged in oak.
The amount of oak flavour in the wine depends on:
The following classifications are used for wines listed on this website:
No Oak – The wine is aged in neutral vats or large, old oak barrels that impart no oak flavours. These wines will be fruit-forward and bright in their early years.
Light Oak – Oak flavours are present but do not dominate the wine when young. The wine may only be partly aged in smaller oak barrels and/or the barrels may have been used for one to three prior wines.
Prominent Oak – Oak flavour is a noticeable feature of the wine, particularly when young. Oak also imparts oak tannins into the wine which can increase the ageing potential of the wine, thus allowing the wine to develop complex aromas over many years.
Drinking time: 4 to 10 years
Reviews: RP 93 pts, JD 93 pts, VM 91-93 pts, JR 17/20
The ratings of leading reviewers are listed here with their written comments detailed at the bottom of the page.
Remember that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Each wine reviewer has personal tastes and, as hard as they try, preferences can be reflected in the numerical score a reviewer gives to a wine. This is why is important to read their comments rather than judge a wine by its numerical score.
JR = Jancis Robinson. Score out of 20 points.
RP = Robert Parker, Wine Advocate. Score out of 100 points.
JD = Jeb Dunnuck. Score out of 100 points.
WS = Wine Spectator. Score out of 100 points.
W&S = Wine and Sprits. Score out of 100 points.
WE = Wine Enthusiast. Score out of 100 points.
VM = Vinous Media. Score out of 100 points.
JS= James Suckling. Score out of 100 points.
Château Redortier is located near the charming village of Suzette in the beautiful Dentelles de Montmirail hills. The estates comprises of 30 hectares of hillside terraced vineyards at an altitude of between 350 and 500 metres and covering the appellations of Beaumes de Venise, Gigondas and Ventoux.
The Château was once a very important fortified castle defending the principality of Orange. Etienne de Menthon, an agricultural engineer purchased the property in 1956 and planted vines throughout the estate after the “great frost” wiped out vast tracts of olive groves and fruit orchards. The property is now run by his twin daughters Isabelle and Sabine de Menthon.
The higher altitude provides cooler growing conditions, particularly at night, which allows the wines to hold to refreshing acidity. The bulk of the wines are aged in concrete vats or old wooden vat in order to fully express the unique qualities of their terroir.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (RP)
2015 vintage (93 points): A top-notch effort, Redortier’s 2015 Gigondas should drink well for up to a decade or more. Seductive notes of raspberries and cracked pepper mark the nose, while the full-bodied palate is rich and creamy without being overly fat or weighty. The overall balance and texture is special, wrapping up with a long, supple finish.
Jeb Dunnuck (JD)
2015 vintage (93 points): Its deep, inky color is followed by fabulous notes of black raspberries, cassis, underbrush, garrigue and scorched earth. Full-bodied, ripe, voluptuous and loaded with sweet tannin, this classic beauty has everything you could want from the vintage. It’s going to drink nicely for a decade, and keep even longer.
Jancis Robinson (JR)
2015 vintage (17/20): Bright crimson. High-toned and polished, sinewy stuff on the nose. Thick and ripe. Masses of density saved from being heavy by acidity. Fine tannins. Lots of work here – to good effect, even if it is a relatively sophisticated riff on Gigondas.
2015 vintage (91-93 points): Bright ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of red and dark berries, sandalwood and lavender show excellent focus. Stains the palate with appealingly sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that become deeper and spread out slowly with air. Delivers a solid punch but comes off surprisingly graceful, closing with impressive, spicy persistence and sneaky tannins.