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: After a dry and relatively mild winter, the budburst was early and started on March 20th on the Grenache. We were impacted by the frost on April 8th. The rains of April and May allowed the vegetation to start again. The consequences of the frost were lower than expected: in May we had the positive surprise to see bunches of grapes recovering well! The flowering started on May 17th, the summer was dry without any excessive heat, the ripening started on July 16th. The harvest started on August 23 and ended on September 24.
Tasting Notes: With delicate rose petal color, the nose is pure with a flinty character. It bursts with strawberry and licorice as it breathes, also evoking garrigue and laurel notes. A dry, fresh, and fleshy palate with a spicy twist, structured by moderate acidity and balanced phenolics with a zesty character. Its complex aromas interlace red fruit, some citrus like pomelo peel, and pink pepper. The finish is spaid, chalky with long aftertaste. Drink over 2-3 years.
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