The Montirius domain is in the south of the Vacqueyras appellation and has been under the ownership of the Saurel family for 5 generations. In 1996, they fully converted the vineyard to biodynamic methods and released their first biodynamic wine in 1999. Their wines are made entirely in large concrete tanks without any wood to showcase the purity of the fruit.
The Montirius 1999 Gigondas placed number 13 on The Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list a number of years ago and it seems as though their wines get good press with every vintage.
Le Cadet is a vin de pays de Vaucluse made from the classic Rhône bluend of Grenache, Syrah, a touch of Cinsault, and about 10% Merlot. The Le Cadet vineyard is located geographically within the Vacqueyras AC, but is classified as a VdP because of its lower elevation.
The grenache comes through on the nose with notes of strawberry, raspberry and white pepper. Strawberry, blackcurrant, raspberry, violet, white pepper with some spicy green pepper, leather, stems, earth and mushroom characteristics on the palate. A bit austere, medium bodied and approachable with good acidity and finish.
I thought this was well made, approachable and very enjoyable — and comparable to many Côtes du Rhônes that cost $13-15 a bottle or more. Recommended and a great value.
It is a bit more expensive, but I thought the Montirius Vacqueyras Garrigues 2005 was outstanding.