The birth of the Pétale de Rose
Once upon a time, a young winemaker, Régine Sumeire wanted to create a pale rosé wine. She had the idea to vinify red grenache by pressing the entire grapes using a Champagne coquard press. The resulting juice that flew from the press had a pale color. The difference was noticeable with a deeper than usual length in the mouth. This is the way the Pétale de Rose was born in 1985, recognized as the first pale rosé in Provence, vinified at Château Barbeyrolles. This vinification method was then used at Château la Tour de l’Evêque to produce a cuvée with the same name.
Régine Sumeire, now the third generation of the Sumeire family, assures the continuity of her family’s work. She likes to say that it is her father who taught her gestures and care of the vineyard. The same father who said to her that he had lived a working life in accordance with her grandfather and who knew how to perfectly reproduce this model with his daughter. The passion for winemaking they both instilled in Régine Sumeire still motivates her today.
Summary: The vineyards have shaley soils derived from silurian layers and Permian red sandstone. They are worked by hand, using natural animal fertilizers. Green manure seeding after harvest.
Vinification: All grapes are harvested manually, sorted, not de-stemmed and directly loaded into a hydraulic Champagne Coquard press without crushing. The grapes are lightly pressed to obtain optimum delicacy and flavor from the very heart of the grapes. Wines ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, gravity-fed cuves. The Pétale de Rose is exclusively made of first quality juices. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation and is bottled at the Château la Tour de l’Evêque.
Vintage Notes: A rainy 2018 fall allowed the vines to fill up their water reserves before the especially dry 2019. The beginning of the year was notably windy, the winter was relatively mild with temperatures starting to warm up by the end of March. The bursting of the buds and the flowering were quite irregular. The first flowers appeared on May 21st on the Grenache. Such heterogeneity followed up until the harvest where the differences between the grape ripeness led us to extend the harvest and pick up some plots in several passes through the vineyards. The harvest started on August 22nd and finished on the September 20th. The volume was good and the fruit was all of great quality.
Tasting Notes: This delicate wine is pale rose petal pink in color. On the nose it is clean, pronounced, elegant primary aromas of vine ripened peach, wild strawberry, interlaced with some orange peel and floral honeysuckle. It has a dry palate with crispy and balanced acidity, somehow generous and spicy too, with lots of peaches, licorice, thyme, and laurel coming on the long finish. The wine is silky, balanced, long, intense, complex and can drink now or improve in the bottle for 1-3 years.
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