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The wine

"I will go pick the Rose,
At the foot of the vine,
And I will offer it to you,
As a symbol of our infinite love."
It was traditional to plant a rosebush top rows of vines to prevent the vine farmer from the presence of Oïdium , common pathogen of the vine, before it spreads in the vineyard.
What is more beautiful than this rose symbol of love associated with our wine which is characterized by its finesse and elegance in the pure style of Provence white.

The vintage

The spring and summer 2014 were particularly favorable in terms of rainfall and sunshine, which brought a bountiful harvest and high quality.
The harvest began in the area around Puyloubier on September 8 of 2014.
The harvest was interrupted by periods of rain, which had delayed the ripening of the grape. Some varieties were affected by these rains and produced a harvest somewhat larger than usual.

Situation

The vineyards of Puyloubier are planted among pine forests and olive groves, and on stretches of hillsides on the south side of Sainte-Victoire. There is a total of 700 hectares, and it is the first vineyard in the Côtes de Provence.

Terroir

Considered one of the most natural in France, the terroir of the Puyloubier area is located east of the city of Aix-en-Provence, on the south side of the Montain Sainte-Victoire. The vineyard is located on the slopes of the upper valley of the Arc in soils that consists of limestone and clay pebbly sandstone with a significant load. Poor but with good drainage, they are very suitable for growing grapes.
This land has exceptional sunshine and a climate with slightly continental characteristics and is well-protected from the southern maritime influences by Aurelian Mountain and the Massif de la Sainte-Baume.
The action of the Mistral, a dry wind and regular, is beneficial to the vine because it cleanses the vineyard. The ripening of the grapes is later than the rest of the Côtes de Provence, which gives the wines a characteristic freshness.
This unique land where the vine is cultivated since ancient times has a profound influence on wines made here, with a very specific geo-climatic character.

Winemaking

Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes are entirely destemmed and lightly crushed to be driven in close pneumatic presses and protected by neutral gas.
Part of the grapes make a skin maceration for 6 hours in a press.
After the press, the juice is separated by quality and again cooled to facilitate the settling phase (debourbage) and allow to clarify quickly the white wine, rich in pulp and plant debris.
All this process permit to result in powerful and highly aromatic white wines with character

The Alcoholic fermentation at consistently low temperatures (15 to 16°C) helps to preserve the wine's aromatic potential and allows it to develop more subtle aromas. Fermentation lasts approximately 20 days. This is followed by ageing on fine lees which bring complexity and body to the wine.

Varietals

Rolle
(Vermentino)

Technical specifications

Alcohol level (% vol.) : 12 ,79