This rosé is pale pink in colour with purple highlights. On the nose, there are distinct aromas of rose petal, almond and citrus fruit. On the palate there are flavours of redcurrant and pink grapefruit, alongside a very nice fresh and acidic texture, which ends with a very round and fruity side. Overall, this is a full, fleshy, structured wine.
Jean-Louis Descours fell in love with Château La Verrerie in 1981, when he was looking for a project to occupy him after retirement. As a result, Jean-Louis purchased the 20 hectare estate and, with the help of his son Gérard, brought it back to life. They constructed a new winery and acquired more vineyards with the sole ambition to make great wine. Their first vintage was released in 1985. Today, Christopher, the grandson of Jean-Louis and owner of Charles Heidsieck, Piper-Heidsieck and Biondi-Santi, runs the estate.
Château La Verrerie is located in the Luberon appellation. The domaine has 48 hectares of vineyard, 70% of which is dedicated to red wine production with the remainder split between rosé and white wine. For the reds, 50% of the plantings are Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Cinsault and Carignan. Seven hectares are dedicated to Roussanne, Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc. The vineyards are farmed organically and the wines have been certified organic since the 2013 vintage.
The Luberon Rouge is first sorted by bunch before being fully destemmed, then sorted again by berry before undergoing fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wines are then aged in large, old oak casks (25 and 50 hectolitres). It is a Syrah-dominant blend of 74% Syrah, 22% Grenache and 4%Carignan, with a wonderfully concentrated palate that shows notes of black cherry fruits and a touch of liquorice. The Luberon Rosé is made using the saignée method from 70% Grenache Noir and 30% Cinsault. It is aged on its lees for a period of three to six months, adding texture and freshness to the finished wine. It is identical to the Provençal style, pale in colour, clean and perfumed, with crisp acidity and a scented finish.
The Hautes Collines Blanc is a blend of Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne and Viognier. Each variety is fermented separately, with a part in casks, and aged on the lees for four months to reveal aromatic complexity and structure on the palate. The Hautes Collines Rouge is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, undergoing a cold maceration for five days before fermentation. With flavours of blood orange and sweet liquorice, this is a typical southern Grenache with a beautiful balance and silky texture. The Viognier is characterised by layers of fresh stone fruits and delicate floral bouquet with a well-structured palate and a saline finish.
The domaine has 56 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 completed its organic conversion and has been certified organic since the 2013 vintage.
After a dry and particularly mild winter, the vines budded very early and suffered frosts in early April.The month of May was gloomy with rain and temperatures below the seasonal norms, delaying the natural cycle of the vines. At the end of August, some grape varieties, including Syrah, showed signs of water stress, causing major yield losses despite the good quality.The harvest began about ten days later than in a typical year. Regular episodes of rain followed, resulting in a significant yield reduction. Overall, the 2021 vintage led to very good quality wines with strong aromatic expression and good balance.
Grapes for the Luberon Rosé were machine-harvested, partially at night, and underwent manual triage upon arrival at the winery. Vats were filled from above after destemming and crushing, and the saignée method was used to produce the pale pink colour. The wine was fermented at 16°C for 20-25 days and aged on its lees for 3-6 months before bottling.