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 fall allowed the water reserves from the soil to be replenished. The winter was soand dry, leading to an advance of the vegetative cycle with early budbreak starting on March 11th. The vineyard suffered from a historic frost on March 26th. Milder temperature did not arrive until May. Flowering began on May 5th on the Grenaches and it went normally, with no noticeable coulure or prevention of proper fertilization of the flowers. The hot and dry weather of July, combined with the good water reserves, contributed to the good development of the vines during summer. The harvest started on August 14th and finished on September 4th.
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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