The grapes to produce Ventoux “Cuvée Speciale” Domaine Champ-Long were destemmed and gently crushed. Fermentation took place at controlled temperatures of 24°C in concrete vats with racking and daily pump overs to ensure the optimal levels of colour and flavour extraction, while also imparting structure to the wine. One third of Ventoux “Cuvée Speciale” Domaine Champ-Long was aged in four year old 400 litre French oak barrels for 18 months; the remainder was aged in concrete vats to retain the purity of fruit and the nuances of the terroir.
Ventoux wines benefit from an unspoilt natural environment of exceptional biodiversity and the vineyard at Domaine Champ-Long is no exception. The vines age from 25 to 45 years and are low yielding producing 35 hectolitres per hectare. The soils are made up of pebbly limestone and clay. The vineyard faces south west and is cultivated according to traditional methods, with the utmost respect for the environment. Organic fertilisers are applied and the grapes are manually harvested at optimum maturity levels.
Domaine de Champ-Long is nestled in the foothills of the Mont Ventoux, on the Princes of Orange route. The sheltered and exceptionally sunny estate covers 30 hectares, straddling the Ventoux and Côtes du Rhône appellations. An exceptional diversity of terroirs contributes to the complexity of these fine wines, which are vinified using methods that fuse traditional skills with modern technology. The Domaine de Champ-Long Owners Béatrice, Christian and Jean-Christophe Gely, cultivate their passion for wine in this beautiful countryside, on the estate which has belonged to the family since 1820.