Château la Tour de l'évêque

LE PÉTALE DE ROSE

ORGANIC ROSÉ WINE 2018

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

46% Cinsault, 32% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 2% Ugni-Blanc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Rolle and 1% Sémillon.
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. 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