Château la Tour de l'évêque

LE PÉTALE DE ROSE

ORGANIC ROSÉ WINE 2019

TERROIR

AOP Côtes de Provence.
In the hilly area of the Maurettes the land consists of shaley soils derived from siluraian sages phyllites near Hyères, and Permian red sandstone.

GRAPE VARIETIES

43% Cinsault, 38% Grenache, 13% Syrah, 3% Mourvèdre, 1,5% Sémillon, 1% Rolle, 0,5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Average age of the vines : 25 years old.

VINTAGE

A rainy 2018 fall allowed the vines to make their water reserves while 2019 was particularly dry. The beginning of the year was particularly windy, the winter was relatively soft with temperatures starting to cool down by the end of March. The bursting of the buds and the flowering were quite irregular. The first flowers appeared on the 21st of May on the Grenache. Such heterogeneity followed up until the harvest where the differences between the grape ripeness lead us to extend the harvest and pick up some plots in several times. The harvest started on the 22th of August and finished on the 20th of September. The volume is correct and the quality is there.

GROWING

The vineyards are worked by hand, using natural animal fertilizers. Buds are trimmed and a green harvest is practice to purposefully limit yields. A part of the vineyard is plowed with horses. The area between the rows of vines is grassed over with cereals.

WINEMAKING

All grapes are harvested manually, sorted, not de-stemmed and directly loaded into an hydraulic Champenois Coquard press without crushing. The grapes are lightly pressed so as to obtain optimum delicacy and fragrance from the very heart of the grapes. Wines ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, gravityfed cuves. The Pétale de Rose is exclusively made of 1st quality juices. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. For the 2016 vintage we used 50% native yeasts for the fermentation and we aim to do 100% for the next vintage. The wine is bottled at the Château la Tour de l’Evêque.

TASTING NOTES

Colour is pale rose petal, with gentle silvery hues. Nose is delicate, offering ripe strawberry and nectarine aromas, flowery notes such as peony, some orange blossom, intertwined with tangerine peel, some aniseed and liquorice coming along with a subtle smoky, but airy sensation. Palate is dry and mellow, caressing with satin-like texture, medium plus acidity and generous zests giving spiciness. Flavours are intense, pungent with lots of liquorice and pink pepper melting into the sweet fruitiness of strawberry and peach. Finish is long, with noble balsamic bitterness, offering a slightly tannic touch, and thus a certain structure. Great with food, can keep well for the next 1-2 years.

— Julia & Bruno Scavo

REWARDS

AROMAS OF SMOKED STRAWBERRY, SLIGHT LESS AND TOAST;
PALATE NICELY DIFFERENT, COMPLEX WITH A LIVELY MINERALITY,
LESS CHARACTER, ALMOST OAKY, AND A LOVELY CURED MEAT NOTE.

Decanter

NOTE : 95/100 Points

AROMAS OF FLOWERS, ORANGE BLOSSOM AND LIGHT PEACHES.
SOME WHITE PEPPER. FULL-BODIED, LAYERED AND DELICIOUS.
LOVELY TENSION AND TEXTURE.

James Suckling

NOTE : 90/100 Points

PALE SALMON. ROUND AND LIGHTLY SMOKY
WITH VERY POSITIVE PALATE AND LENGTH.

Jancis Robinson

NOTE : 16/20 Points

BARBEYROLLES AND LA TOUR DE L’EVÊQUE,
ARCHETYPE OF THE FINE AND PRECISE ROSÉ WITH POTENTIAL FOR AGING.

Bettane + Desseauve

A VERY GOOD QUALITY ROSÉ WINE, TWO ESTATES WITH HIGH QUALITY STANDARDS.

Robert Parker - Wine Advocate