Château la Tour de l'évêque

LE PÉTALE DE ROSE

ORGANIC ROSÉ WINE 2016

a pink wine bottle with silver cap of le pétale de rose, organic rosé wine of château la tour de l’evêque vineyard, france

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

47% cinsault, 29% Grenache, 11% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre, 4% Ugni blanc, 2% Rolle, 2% Sémillon et 1% Cabernet sauvignon.
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

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 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

ARÔMES DE FRAISES FUMÉES, LIES LÉGÈRES ET PAIN GRILLÉ,
BOUCHE JOLIMENT DIFFÉRENTE, COMPLEXE,
AVEC UNE MINÉRALITÉ VIVANTE, CARACTÈRE DE LIES, PRESQUE BOISÉ.

Decanter

NOTE : 95/100 Points

ARÔMES DE FLEURS, FLEUR D’ORANGER ET PÊCHES DÉLICATES.
UNE POINTE DE POIVRE BLANC. ENVELOPPANT, NUANCÉ ET DÉLICIEUX.
BELLE TENSION ET TEXTURE. A BOIRE MAINTENANT.

James Suckling

NOTE : 91/100 Points

LA QUALITÉ DE CE ROSÉ, FLORAL ET APAISANT EST IRRÉPROCHABLE
NOTRE COUP DE COEUR EN ROSÉ

La Revue des Vins de France

NOTE : 16/20 Points