Château la Tour de l'évêque

NOIR & OR

ORGANIC RED WINE 2017

NOIR & OR

TERROIR

AOP Côtes de Provence.

The specificity of this cuvee is to be produced from the same Syrah plot, “Collet du Château” planted in 1978 ; Cabernet-Sauvignon only comes as a complement. Grey schists are mixed with chalky-clayey soils.

GRAPE VARIETIES

84% Syrah, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon.

VINTAGE

Winter was soft and dry, which allowed the buds to come out early on. The Mistral, which has been very present since the beginning of the year, helped to ensure a very good sanitary state within the vineyard. There was almost no rain during spring and the flowering started on the Grenache on May 9th. July and August have been warm, with no rain since May, and quite windy. The harvest started on August 16th and finished on September 8th.

GROWING

The vineyards are worked by hand, using natural animal fertilizers. Buds are trimmed and a green harvest is practiced 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 after the harvest.

VINIFICATION

All grapes are sorted and harvested by hand, according to their polyphenolic ripeness. The berries are destemmed, slightly treaded and transferred into stainless steel tanks. The alcoholic fermentation is run to extract optimum fruit and color, but also to produce an elegant wine. Maceration lasts about 10 days. Once the malolactic fermentation is over, the wine is stored in French oak barrels and concrete egg tanks for 6 months. Two or three racking were accomplished during the maturation. The wine is blended in tanks and bottled at the Château.

TASTING NOTES

Purple dress. Nose full of black fruits and spices with a wild touch. Marked tannins integrated into the juicy and silky texture. Generous body, with intense flavors of licorice, violet and vanilla. Long in mouth. It harmonizes perfectly with lamb, red meats, sauces and cheeses. Wait 6-7 years to be optimal, keep 15 years or more.

— Julia & Bruno Scavo

REWARDS

ON EST D’ABORD FASCINÉ PAR LE NEZ PROFOND DE GARRIGUE
ET DE FRUITS NOIRS QUI FAIT SALIVER. LA SÉDUCTION S’OPÈRE EN BOUCHE AVEC
UNE TEXTURE SOYEUSE DU TANIN, QUI S’ÉTIRE DANS LE SENS DE PROFONDEUR
ON AIME L’AMPLEUR PRÉCISE, COMME CISELÉE POUR L’OCCASION ET TOUT EN SÉRÉNITÉ

Le Vigneron, Denis Hervier

ENCORE MARQUÉ PAR LE BOIS, CE ROUGE SE MONTRE SAVOUREUX,
FERME, MAIS IL ÉVOLUERA AVEC ÉLÉGANCE

Revue des Vins de France

NOTE : 15/20 Points

MÉDAILLE D’ARGENT

Decanter

NOTE : 91/100 Points