Interestingly, this 'Jardin Secret' Cotes du Rhone is in fact produced in the AOC village of Sablet. However, to be labelled as such Domaine Montirius needed to use as least two grape varieties in the blend. Since they prefer to craft this wine with 100% Grenache, it was classified as a 'humble' Cotes du Rhone instead. Yet this wine is anything but humble.
'The name of this wine ‘Jardin Secret’ comes from the sensation we have when we enter these vines. ‘ A secret garden’…. it was Justine Saurel the oldest of the siblings who found the name.'
- Domaine Montirius
With 7+ years of bottle age, it is spicy, fleshy and dark fruit-focused. A bold, brooding wine with a grippy finish, defined by enticing notes of smoked meat, bramble fruit, dark cherry and pepper. Drink now, it's absolutely perfect.
The Grenache-based 2016 Cotes du Rhone Jardin Secret features an herbal cast to its black cherry and plum notes. It's full-bodied and supple, offering lush, immediate drinkability but probably limited aging potential. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
Based in the heart of Vacqueyras, Domaine Montirius are often cited to be one of the stars of this Southern Rhone appellation. Now run by the Saurel's fifth geenration, Christine and Eric, it is a labour-intensive operation that sees all of its vineyards farmed Biodynamically.
These are wines that offer exceptional value, from areas of the Rhone often overlooked in the sphere of fine wine. Domaine Montirius meticulously craft terroir-driven reds, which are generous and expressive when young, but also benefit from 5-10 years of bottle age.