`La Bravade` 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. Around twenty growers own 200 hectares of vineyards that are located near the sea on granite and gneiss soils. The situation of the vineyards, surrounded by the sea on three sides, provides cooling breezes which helps retain acidity. 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, however, nights became colder which led to the usual flowering in June. The water deficit was accentuated by a hot and dry summer which gave smaller grapes with higher acidity levels.

Vinification

The grapes were harvested by hand and by machine and brought down to a temperature of 5°C to retain acidity, they were then destemmed. The grapes in the press and the must in the vats are protected from oxidation by a blanket of nitrogen gas. Cold soaking is carried out before fermentation at 3°C for over a period of 5 days. Thermoregulated alcoholic fermentation lasted for 10 to 15 days, between 15°C and 18°C in epoxy coated concrete vats and stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes

Pale peach-pink colour. The expressive bouquet of this wine has pronounced red fruits aromas - such as ripe strawberries with creamy caramel notes. Refined and smooth on the palate with a fresh and persistent aftertaste.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 60% Grenache/Garnacha
25% Cinsault
10% Syrah/Shiraz
5% Tibouren
Region Provence
Winemaker Alain Guichet
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.3g/l
Residual Sugar 3.2g/l
Wine pH 3.4