Domaine des Anges, Irish owned vineyard
Domaine des Anges is a small hillside estate located above the village of Mormoiron. On the summit, above the property is a chapel dedicated to Notre Dame des Anges. Originally a look out post for Roman Legions, the vineyards here were established during their tenure in this part of France. The estate was bought by an Englishman, Malcolm Swan, in 1973 and it subsequently taken over by Irishman Gabriel McGuinness in 1989. Now with 18 hectares of vines, it is generally considered to be the best domaine in the Ventoux appellation. The young wine maker here is Florent Chave, who served his apprenticeship at Domaine Brusset in Cairanne.
The range opens with an excellent Ventoux white made up of Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Roussanne whilst its partner red is a tank-raised Syrah-Grenache blend. Archange white is a barrel fermented old vine Roussanne, whilst the equivalent red is based on old vine Syrah. Most of interest, however, is the Séraphin, produced in the better years from fifty-year old Grenache, raised in tank.
A curiosity (but no novelty) is the Cabernet Sauvignon; planted in the early 1970s, which is a steal at the price. Its days on the estate may be numbered, however, as the yields are no longer considered viable.