If you have been enjoying the scenes of the Tour de France as much as we have, here is a special red to drink while watching and commemorate the pain…

If you have been enjoying the scenes of the Tour de France as much as we have, here is a special red to drink while watching and commemorate the pain and glory of this great race.

Tom Simpson was one of Britain’s greatest riders and the first to wear the leader’s yellow jersey. Sadly, during the 13th stage of the Tour of 1967, Tom collapsed and died during his ascent of Mont Ventoux at age 29. The 2013 Tom and the Peloton, made from the vineyards of Ventoux, has been released to mark the 50th anniversary of Tom’s passing and help fund his roadside memorial.

Unfortunately, the Tour de France doesn’t ascend Mont Ventoux this year but you will catch the peloton swishing past the ‘Beast of Provence’ during stage 19.

This is a classic, wonderfully versatile Ventoux rouge from Domaine des Anges. 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, it shows a perfumed bouquet of white pepper, kirsch, raspberries and pine. Typical notes of Provençal herbs balance the deliciously fleshy, pure fruit and dry tannins. Drink this charming red over the next 5 Tours. There are 20 cases available.

Tasting notes:

Tom and the Peloton, Ventoux Rouge 2013 – R 165
This is a classic, wonderfully versatile Ventoux rouge from Domaine des Anges. 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, it shows a perfumed bouquet of white pepper, kirsch, raspberries and pine. Typical notes of Provençal herbs balance the deliciously fleshy, pure fruit and dry tannins. Drink this charming red over the next 5 Tours. – Roland Peens (July 2017)

 

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