By the way, the name of the winery is Occitan for Scarab beetle. The winery chose the name because, in the 17th century, monks tended the vines and, in the heat of the day, they would pull the hoods of their dark robes over their heads to protect themselves from the sun. From a distance, they looked like scarab beetles moving through the rows of grape vines.
When we were getting ready to leave Vaison la Romaine last spring, we made a final visit to Domaine des Escaravailles and I asked the pourer in the tasting room about the single-varietal (Grenache) and when it might be available. She said that they planned to bottle it in November. I said that we planned to return in December to which she suggested that I might want to call and reserve a case or two because it was going to go fast.
A torn meniscus distracted me for the remaining time in the
so I did not call but was relieved to learn, when we visited the winery after
our return to ,
that they still had some. The wine is called “Heritage.” France
(“1924” refers to the age of some of the grapevines.)
On February 18, Philip Reddaway wrote the following for La Madelene Rhone Wine Holidays in Facebook:
“In the March issue of "Decanter" JLL reviews the aoc of Rasteau: "how is this new Cru shaping up and who are the star performers?". Delighted to see that Domaine des Escaravailles, a favorite tour visit, came out on top of their blind tasting - the specific winning wine = their old vine Grenache "1924". Chapeau Giles!” (Gilles Ferran is the owner/winemaker at Domaine des Escaravailles.)
A week earlier, La Madelene Rhone Wine Holidays included another reference to Domaine des Escaravailles with a new wine venture. Philip Reddaway posted the following from a review by Lincoln Silakus:
“So, what can I say about the , the , a joint venture of (, Rasteau) and ? I suspect that, for Gilles, it's a bit of fun, as this is quite unlike his more elegant Escaravailles wines. Cambie, the larger-than-life
guru-oenologist, makes wines with an equivalent girth; big enough, in other
words to be seen by . The Calendal, from 4.4 hectares of
bush vines of old Grenache and Mourvedre (30% – yum!) is It ages in barrels that have been used
only once for over a year. The sell
out despite the hefty 16.50 Siliakus, Vino Solex, Feb. 12, 2013. Lincoln
neighbors were visiting last week, they bought me some of the Calendal. We opened a bottle last
evening when friends were visiting and it is everything that Mr. Siliakus
suggests. Another great wine from Domaine des Escaravailles.