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Château La Verrerie Esprit Bastide

Luberon, Southern Rhône

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 will be  certified  organic  from  the  2013 vintage.

Vintage information

Winter  2010/11  was  rainy,  followed  by  a  warm  and  dry  spring. Summer was warm with a few storms but no damage from frost or hail,  allowing  flowering  to  occur  in  good  conditions.  Harvest  was early, with the grapes being picked by hand between the 12th and 22nd of September.

Vinification

The  grapes  were  fermented  in  temperature  controlled  stainless steel tanks. Each varietal was then aged for 12 months in old large oak  casks  (25  and  50  hectolitres),  then  blended  and  aged  for another 10 months to marry the blend.

Tasting Notes

Vibrant ruby colour. The nose has appealing aromas of red and black fruits with hints of toast and vanilla. On the palate, it is medium bodied with brambly fruit, spice and smooth tannins.

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 34% Carignano/Carignan
33% Grenache/Garnacha
33% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Luberon, Southern Rhône
Winemaker Olivier Adnot
Alcohol (ABV) 14%