Château la Tour de l'évêque

LE ROUGE CUVÉE CLASSIQUE

ORGANIC RED WINE 2014

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

80% Syrah, 20% Cabernet-Sauvignon.
Average age of the vins : 25 years.

VINTAGE

The winter, rather soft altogether, was marked however by particularly cold episodes, in particular in February, and we had twice some snow. The spring was suitably watered, stormy and rather freshly. The blooming began May 15th and suitably took place. The warm and dry summer settled down in mid-June, favoring a good maturation of the grape. The “véraison” began July 16th. The harvest began on August 23rd and ended on September 25th.

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

The grapes are picked and sorted by hand, according to their polyphenolic ripeness (depending on the evolution of the maturity, two to three analytical tests and berry tastings are carried out every week in order to determine the optimum harvest date). In the press room, the berries are destemmed, slightly treaded and transferred into stainless steel vats. The alcoholic fermentation is run so as to extract optimum fruit and colour, but also to produce an legant wine. Maceration lasts about 10 days. Once the malolactic fermentation is over, the wines are stored into stainless steel vats. Then the wine is bottled at the Château.

TASTING NOTES

Intense ruby, garnet glints. Pronounced, with layers of black fruits such as black and Morello cherries, plums and blackcurrants, with a creamy touch. Spices such as liquorice and pungent pepper interlace with tobacco, dried leaves, as a beginning of noble tertiary, still showing lots of youth. Palate is dry, of a high level of freshness, showing fine grained tannins, firm like a backbone, and quite generous profile, spicy and flavoured. Texture is silky, elegant, perfectly matching the intense flavours of dark fruit and aromatic spices. Finish is long, with hints of concentrated liquorice, cedar, cigar box. 7-8 years to reach potential, 12 years on the average. Perfect match with slow cooked pigeon, preserved leg with toasted pistachio, layers of beetroot.

— Julia & Bruno Scavo

REWARDS

DE LA SYRAH BIEN A L’AISE DANS SON COIN DE PAYS OU
ELLE S’ENRICHIT D’UNE BIODIVERSITE LOCALE AUX ORIGINES VÉRITABLES,
LÉGÈREMENT MUSCLÉ D’UNE PART DE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
QUI LUI DONNE PLUS D’AUTORITÉ ENCORE UN BIO DE CORPS ET D’ESPRIT.

Le Devoir

UN TRÈS BEAU VIN DE PROVENCE. DES AROMES DE GELÉE DE FRUITS,
D’ÉPICES, DE THYM ET DE LAVANDE. LA TEXTURE EST LISSE ET AGRÉABLE.
UN BEAU FRUITÉ ASSEZ AMPLE. COULANT. BELLE PRÉSENCE EN BOUCHE.
TANINS FONDUS. FINALE CHALEUREUSE.

Vin Québec

MÉDAILLE DE BRONZE

Decanter

NOTE : 87/100 POINTS