`Made in Saint-T` Côtes de Provence Rosé

Provence

Chevalier Torpez

Chevalier Torpez, a co-op founded in 1908 in the Côtes de Provence AOC,...

is named after the venerable Saint Torpes of Pisa, who is also the patron saint of Saint-Tropez. He is proudly celebrated every year by the locals at Les Bravades, a three-day festival in May. In keeping with tradition, there is always a proportion of the local Tibouren variety in the wines of Chevalier Torpez. It was introduced to Saint-Tropez in the late 18th century and adds notes of garrigue to the blend.

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Vineyards

Around 20 growers own 200 hectares of vineyards, all are located near the sea on granite and gneiss soils. The vineyards are surrounded by the sea on three sides, provides cooling breezes which helps to retain acidity.

Vintage Information

The harvest started on Thursday 25th August and ended mid-September. The first day began very early at 3am with the harvest of the Tibouren grapes. Then, the Grenache and Syrah were picked, finally followed by the Cinsault. Due to the mild winter, budding occurred in early March, but then the nights became colder and led to flowering in June as usual. The water deficit was accentuated by a hot and dry summer which gave smaller grapes with higher acidity levels.

Vinification

On arrival at the cellar the grapes are cooled down to 5-8°C and then destemmed. The grapes in the press and the must in the vat are protected by a blanket of nitrogen gas to avoid any oxidation. Cold soaking is performed before fermentation at 3°C over a period of five days. Thermoregulated alcoholic fermentation occurs for 10 to 15 days at temperatures between 15-18°C in epoxy lined concrete vats or stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes

A pale apricot and pink coloured rosé, this wine shows aromas of redcurrants and cream. Balanced with a rounded mouth feel, this wine has a long and fruit-driven finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 40% Grenache/Garnacha
20% Tibouren
15% Syrah/Shiraz
15% Cinsault
10% Carignano/Carignan
Region Provence
Winemaker Alain Guichet
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 3.5g/l
Residual Sugar 0.35g/l
Wine pH 3.35