NOIR & OR
ORGANIC RED WINE 2018
AOP Côtes de Provence.
Produced from the Syrah plot, “Collet du Château” planted in 1978. Grey schists are mixed with chalky-clayey soils.
94% Syrah, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Grenache.
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.
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.
All grapes are sorted and harvested by hand, according to their polyphenolic ripeness. The berries are destemmed 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 14 months. Two or three racking were accomplished during the maturation. The wine is blended in tanks and bottled at the Château.
— Julia & Bruno Scavo
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
NOTE : 91/100 Points