Luberon Rosé

Luberon

Château La Verrerie

Château La Verrerie is located in the Lubéron appellation. Jean-Louis Descours fell in...

love with Château La Verrerie in 1981, when he was looking at retirement estates. As a result, he purchased the 20 hectare estate and along with his son Gérard, brought it back to winemaking life. A new winery was constructed and more vineyards were acquired with the sole ambition to make a great wine. Their first vintage was released in 1985. Today, the grandson of Jean-Louis runs the estate with Olivier Adnot as the winemaker. The Descours family enjoyed their first foray into wine so much that they purchased Charles Heidsieck in 2011, when it became available for sale.

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Vineyards

The domaine has 48 hectares of vineyard and about 70% of the production is red, 20% rosé and 10% white. Of the reds, half of the plantings are Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Cinsault and Carignan. Soils are predominantly clay and limestone. The winery has recently completed its organic conversion and has been certified organic since the 2013 vintage.

Vintage Information

France's Provence region is known for its sunny, dry summers, a trend that continued in 2016. Frost in April effected the yields slightly, but in general the region had few problems outside of drought. The drought was particularly severe, encompassing most of the growing season. The dry and warm season resulted in smaller berries than usual, and less juice. The end of August and the beginning of September were hotter than normal and the maturity of the grapes was faster.

Vinification

Grapes for the Luberon Rosé are machine-harvested, partially at night, and undergo manual triage upon reception at the winery. Vats are filled from above after destemming and crushing, and the saignée method is used to produce the pale pink colour. The wine is cold fermented and ages on its lees for 3-6 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

A very pretty pale pink colour in the glass. The nose expresses fresh red forest fruits, as well as floral notes and aromatic herbs including sage and laurel. A hint of citrus fruit evokes pink grapefruit and blood orange. The palate is full and round, accompanied by a fresh, balancing lightness and excellent texture.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 70% Grenache/Garnacha
30% Cinsault
Region Luberon, Southern Rhône
Winemaker Olivier Adnot
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 3.6g/l
Residual Sugar 1.5g/l
Wine pH 3.11