Chateau de Montmirail was assembled in 1960 by Maurice Archimbaud from two familial properties. The family combined 20 hectares of vineyard on the plateau in Vacqueyras and 24 hectares near the Dentelles de Montmirail in Gigondas. The vines average 40 years of age with the oldest over 80 years. The predominantly clay/limestone soils produce low yields and concentrated wines from the classic blends of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. The wines are all destemmed and largely fermented and aged in lined cement tanks and stainless steel, with some barrel aging for the top cuvees. The house style combines layers of sweet, ripe fruit with lush, round tannins and plenty of pepper and spice. Concentrated and rich, they are more accessible in their youth than is typical for these appellations.