Terroir: The coastal land of Château Barbeyrolles is located in the Maures hills of the Côtes de Provence, on the peninsula of Saint-Tropez. All twelve hectares have shaley soils dating back to the Paleozoic era.
Vinification: The vineyards are worked by hand, using natural animal fertilizers and treating the soil with sulfur and copper only from 3 generations. We do not use any chemical weed killers. 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 cover crops.
Winemaking: All grapes are harvested by hand, sorted, not de-stemmed and directly loaded into the 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, gravity-fed cuves. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. Bottled at Château Barbeyrolles.
Vintage Notes: A rainy 2018 fall allowed the vines to make their water reserves while 2019 was particularly dry. The beginning of the year was particularly windy, the winter was relatively so with temperatures starting to cool down by the end of March. The bursting of the buds and the flowering were quite irregular. Such heterogeneity followed until the harvest where the differences between the grape ripeness lead Château Barbeyrolles to extend the harvest and pick up some plots through several passes. The harvest started on the 22nd of August and finished on the 13th of September.
Tasting Notes: Pink rose petal with some salmon tinges. The nose shows solar, spicy intensity, mixing up sweet aromas of nectarine, exotic citrus, with a touch of licorice and anise. Dry, with soft texture, tangy refreshing acidity, quite generous otherwise, its chewy mouthfeel highlighted by spices and zests. Long, balanced, persistent, intense, a sum of elements that can give it a cellaring potential of 5 years or more and it also charms today.
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