Château la Tour de l'évêque

LE PÉTALE DE ROSE

ORGANIC ROSÉ WINE 2021

TERROIR

AOP Côtes de Provence.
Shaley soils derived from siluraian layers and Permian red sandstone.

GRAPE VARIETIES

41% Grenache, 38% Cinsault, 9% Rolle, 6% Syrah, 2% Mourvèdre, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Sémillon et 1% Ugni-Blanc.

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. 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 and 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