Château la Tour de l'évêque

LE BLANC DE BLANCS

ORGANIC WHITE WINE 2021

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

91% Rolle, 9% Sémillon.

VINTAGE

After a dry and relatively mild winter, the budburst was early and started on March 20th on the Grenache in Hyères. We were impacted by the frost on April 8th, including the plots located in Hyères. The rains of April and May allowed the vegetation to start again. The consequences of the frost were lower than expected : in May we had the positive surprise to see bunches of grapes recovering well ! The flowering started on May 17th, the summer was dry without any excessive heat, the ripening started on July 16th. The harvest started on August 24 and ended on September 29.

GROWING

The vineyards are worked by hand, using natural animal fertilizers. We do not use any chemical weed killers. 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. Fermentation with native yeasts and ageing in temperature-controlled stainless steel and concrete egg tanks. The wine is bottled at the Château la Tour de l’Evêque.

TASTING NOTES

The appearance offers a lemon-yellow colour with silvery tinges. The nose is clean, pronounced, with peachy primary aromas, completed by golden apples on flowery background, reminding the honeysuckle. There is a certain delicacy coming with these fruity and airy layers, however with high definition and a lot of freshness. The palate is dry, with crispy, citrusy acidity balanced by the silky mouthfeel. The flavours remind the pomelo and its zests, together with aromas from the nose, lingering on the long finish. Can drink now or up to 3-5 years, paired with a sea bream ceviche, peaches and quinoa.

— Julia & Bruno Scavo

REWARDS

UN BLANC SEC AU GOÛT NET D’AMANDE ET DE MELON DOUBLÉ
D’UN SOUPCON DE BOIS NEUF ET D’UNE TOUCHE D’AMERTUME EN FINALE.
POISSONS BLANCS ET COQUILLAGES.

Le Devoir

UN PROVENCAL DONT LA VINOSITÉ DÉLICATE ET
LES DOUCES SAVEURS DE GARIGUE NOUS APAISENT.

Revue des Vins de France

MÉDAILLE D’ARGENT

Decanter

NOTE : 91/100 Points