l'Escarelle June 21st Rosé - Organic
The grapes are harvested in the early hours of the morning. The grapes are destemmed with a short period of skin maceration before pressing. Cold temperature settling is followed by temperature-controlled fermentation without malolactic in order to retain the signature crisp and fresh aromas.
Symbolic of the sun and the solstice, the name of this wine, June 21st, helps to usher in the Provençal summer and celebrates the Rosé way of life.
Blend: 55% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 10% Caladoc (a Grenache/Malbec cross)
90 points, Vinous: Bright onion skin. Fresh red berry and floral qualities on the nose and in the mouth. Juicy and seamless in texture, showing firm closing bite and a touch of white pepper that adds lingering spiciness.
Chateau de l'Escarelle's 250 acres of vines flourish in the midst of 2500 acres of stunning, protected countryside in the very heart of Provence. Less than an hour's drive east of Aix-en-Provence, the estate is famous for its beautifully aromatic and enticing dry Rosé wines that are made from a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault.
The vines are planted in limestone soil on terraces separated by dry-stone walls at an altitude of up to 1600 feet above sea level, naturally following the shape of Escarelle's hills and the Montagne de la Loube. This variation in altitude contributes to the terroir's special character, enabling the vinification of very expressive, aromatic wines.
Yann Pineau, French businessman and environmental advocate, purchased the estate in 2014. Yann is passionate about wine and is also deeply committed to preserving the unique natural environment of Chateau de l'Escarelle. Since purchasing the estate, Yann has made a significant investment in the property by updating the winery and also initiated the process of converting the entire estate to organic farming. Escarelle's first certified organic wines will be released in 2021.
Chateau de l'Escarelle currently holds the Haute Valeur Environnementale certificate (HVE), France's most stringent environmental certificate.