Wine of the Week #1505: Megaphone “Super-Ventoux”


[ 2013 Megaphone Ventoux ]

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[ Farming & Vineyards ]

Megaphone (a new addition to the line-up from Vignobles Brunier) is created with the same love, care and attention to detail that has made global icons of the wines produced at Vieux Telegraphe. The grapes for Megaphone 2013 are harvested by hand from a small 8 acre plot. There are three rounds of sorting and selection (two in the vineyard and one upon arrival at the cellar) that ensure only the cleanest and ripest fruit makes it into the winery. Grapes are grown on privileged terroirs near Caromb at Dentelles de Montmirail, among the foothills, leading up to the highest point in Provence (Mont Ventoux). This dramatic and jagged prehistoric limestone formations is situated between the villages of Gigondas and Vacqueyras – a perfect site for Grenache and Syrah. The vineyards used in the production of Megaphone average about 30 years of age and are grown on clay/sand soils littered with (literally, one would imagine!) tons of stone and gravel.

[ Winemaking & Aging ]

Harvest is followed by 100% destemming and gentle pressing.  Slow, cool fermentation of Megaphone takes place over 20+ days in traditional cement vats, followed by full malolactic fermentation. The wine is then allowed to age for about a year in 5000L oak foudres before bottling and another couple of months to rest in bottle before final release to market. Very limited annual production totals just 15,000 bottles. In addition to the incredible southern Rhone minerality on display in this “super-Ventoux” red, the wine showcases amazing herbal complexity speaking to the impact of the “garrigue” (or local vegetation including rosemary and time and juniper) on the flavours and aromas of the final blend.

[ Price ]

BOTTLE: $27.95

CASE: $167.70


[ Technical Specs ]


ALCOHOL: 13.5%


Case Pack: 6 x 750mL

GRAPES: 80% Grenache & 20% Syrah

[ Recipes & Food Pairings ]

Balsamic Skirt Steak Tacos w/ Blue Cheese – RECIPE

Lamb & Roasted Onion Kebabs w/ Tomato-Prune Sauce – RECIPE

Grilled Ribeye w/ Pistachio Butter – RECIPE

[ Tasting Notes ]

“A bright style, with red currant, pomegranate and floral notes backed by light anise and violet hints. Shows a racy edge through the finish. Drink now.”

James Molesworth /

“2013 Megaphone Côtes du Ventoux has impressive black cherry, black raspberry, spice, crushed flowers and creamy licorice in its medium-bodied, well-made, silky and lively profile. This leans heavily toward the more elegant, pretty and perfumed end of the spectrum, and will drink nicely for 4-5 years.”

Jeb Dunnuck /