Château la Tour de l'évêque

LE BLANC DE BLANCS

ORGANIC WHITE WINE 2018

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

73% Sémillon, 27% Rolle.
Average age of the vines : 25 years old.

VINTAGE

The 2018 vintage was particularly wet. After the drought of 2017, the months of March, April, May and June 2018 recorded rainfall well above seasonal norms, preventing us from entering the vineyards with trucks to ensure good protection against diseases. The total absence of mistral wind combined with heavy rains fostered a heavy pressure of mildew, which eventually led to crop losses on some plots. In addition, the hail hit the vineyard on June 24th : a historic first for our vines in Pierrefeu. Summer was slow to come but temperatures started to rise steadily from June 21st, which allowed a good ripening of the grapes. The harvest started on August 23rd and finished on September 14th.

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. Wines ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, gravity-fed cuves. 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