This is a ‘natural’ Vin de Pays hailing from an organic clay-limestone (with flat stones) vineyard in the Ardèche department of South-Central France. The Thibon family have owned the estate since 1670 and have developed it into a biodynamic operation since 2005. An interesting choice for name, pétanque being the favourite game of boules to pass the European summer evenings, when the family recommends consuming this wine slightly chilled. Vine age is about 30 years. Made with 100% destemmed fruit, consisting of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah which are co-fermented. Soft-pressed and 5 days maceration period. Intense ruby crimson colour, fresh pretty aromas of strawberry leaf and blackberry jam. A delicious full-bodied wine, silky texture and plenty of fruit acidity. The tannins are very fine and diffuse, relatively absent for a red wine. You do sense the 13% alc. Lovely rich fruit, like pulling a handful of blackberries right out of the fridge and crunching into them. Drink now – 2017. 91.
Current vintage 2012 (AUD$24), imported by Bibendum.