92. A fragrant and surprisingly elegant Ventoux with a healthy tannin structure on the medium body and nice freshness at the long, mineral finish. Drink now.
90-92. A step up in class and elegance, the 2019 Ventoux Megaphone checks in as 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah that’s from a single vineyard in the Ventoux appellation. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a beautifully Provençal nose of spiced red and black fruits, peppery herbs, and flowery incense. With medium to full-bodied richness, a terrific sense of minerality, notable balance, and a lengthy finish, it’s another winner from this team that will impress for another 5-7 years.
91-92. A blend of 80% grenache and 20% syrah, this has a very rich and attractively ripe feel in 2018. Succulent, dense and very plush tannins carry an assertive, fresh and fleshy feel. There’s a salty mineral note, too. Drink on release.
89-91. A blend of 66% Grenache and 33% Syrah all from a single vineyard in the Ventoux, the 2018 Ventoux Megaphone is a richer, more serious wine that offers rich black cherry and blackberry fruits as well as plenty of ground pepper and garrigue aromas and flavors. It’s rounded and has good concentration, beautiful tannins, and a great finish. It’s going to keep for 7-8 years.
93. Super plush, and opulent, offering notes of sweet red plums, raspberry compote and darker blackberries. The palate is bathed in mixed-berry flavor, as well as dark cherries and dark minerals. Starts really supple, then turns fine and tightens through the finish. Noble tannins and darker fruit. A blend of 80% grenache and 20% syrah. A great vintage for this wine! Drink over the next five years.
89-91. A mix of Grenache and Syrah, the 2017 Ventoux Megaphone offers more depth and richness, as well as structure, over the Pigeoulet. Black raspberries, garrigue, crushed rocks/salty minerality, and licorice notes all flow to a medium-bodied, ripe, concentrated wine that has good acidity, notable tannins, and a good finish. It’s going to benefit from 6-12 months of bottle, and while I don’t see any need to age this beyond that, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this keep for upward of a decade.
90. Fleshy and enticing, delivering plum sauce and cherry preserve flavors flecked with violet and anise hints. A bright mineral edge carries the finish. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2019. 2,100 cases made.
91. The more limited release is the 2016 Ventoux Megaphone and it offers more black fruits, pine resin, and sappy herbs, as well as a tight, focused, medium to full-bodied style on the palate. Both this and the le Pigeoulet are terrific values.and pepper, medium body, and a great finish. It’s another terrific quaffer that has loads of charm
90. With more richness and mid-palate depth, the 2015 Ventoux Megaphone has the same minerality and saltiness that’s present in the Pigeoulet, as well as plenty of black cherry, white pepper and spice. Drink it anytime over the coming 4-5 years
88. 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. 420 cases imported
87. Offering slightly more richness that the Pigeoulet, it 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, ad will drink nicely for 4-5 years.
Also a value-priced, high quality effort, the 2012 Megaphone Cotes du Ventoux (70% Grenache and 30% Syrah) comes from a single plot of vines located in the up-and-coming Ventoux region. Currants, garrigue, pepper and Christmas spice show nicely here and this medium-bodied effort has rock-solid fruit, plenty of texture and an easy-drinking profile. It-s worth a multi-bottle purchase and should drink nicely for 3-4 years, if not longer. Drink now-2018. 88 pts