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A Rare Taste of a Foreign Beauty: Chateau Unang 2009 La Gardy


A few months ago, I was honored to be invited to a good friend’s wedding.  (Shameless plug: you can purchase his travel guide to Yemen here.) During the wedding feast I noticed an intriguing label on the red wine being served. As my friend is a noted world traveler I asked if the wine had a special story. Apparently, he first tasted the wine in France while visiting Chateau Unang in person. As this offering is not distributed in the States, he prevailed upon the winemaker to sell him a sufficient amount to bring back home and serve at his wedding. Although this wine is not available Stateside, I thought it warranted a review; several other Unang offerings are a bit easier to find, even in America.

The Chateau Unang 2009 La Gardy has subtle, herbaceous aromas of red fruits with subtle hints of oak and tobacco. It is medium bodied, with smooth, well-integrated tannins and warm, spiced flavors of red licorice, tart berries, and cherries, accompanied by mild vegetal notes. This is a great Southern Rhone wine that I wish I could buy down the street. 1/4

Château Unang
Route de Methamis
84570 Malemort-du-Comtat
Tel: 00 33 (0)4 90 69 91 37

Recent Tastings

Dr. Frank 2010 Dry Riesling — Tropical and petroleum notes on the nose with more of the same on the palate. Bright acidity. A bit tart, but well structured. Not the best vintage that this excellent winery has created, but a solid wine nonetheless. Never hesitate to buy a bottle from this producer. 1/2

Domaine des Senechaux 2009 Chateauneuf-du-Pape AC — (received in a sample package from Wine Chateau) deep, rich color with aromas of currant, black cherries, pine trees, and spices. Medium bodied, with warm flavors of tart red fruits like raspberries and cranberries. The tannins are still a bit bitter and this wine could use more time in the bottle, but it can go now with the proper decanting and the right meal. 3/4