Château la Tour de l'évêque

LE BLANC DE BLANCS

ORGANIC WHITE WINE 2016

TOUR DE L'EVÊQUE

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

67% Rolle, 33% Sémillon.
Average age of the vines : 25 years old.

VINTAGE

Winter and spring 2015/16 were soft and dry. The months of may and june were colder than usually. Flowering started on may 15th on the grenaches and both flowering and fruit set went well. The mistral, which has been very present since the beginning of the year, helped to ensure a very good sanitary state within the vineyard. July and August have been warm and dry. The harvest started on august 22th and finished on September 14th.

GROWING

Certified organic since 2005 and following some principles of biodynamics. 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

VINIFICATION

All grapes are harvested by hand, sorted, not de-stemmed and directly loaded into an hydraulic Champenois Coquard press without crushing. The grapes are lightly pressed so as to obtain a “Blanc de Blancs” fine and carved (smoked soil in Pierrefeu – Firestone and fragrance of honey, broom). Wines ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, gravity-fed cuves. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation.

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