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Villa Baulieu Blanc

Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, Provence

Villa Baulieu

The Villa Baulieu estate is located within the crater of Provence’s only volcano, located in Rognes...

The estate has been family owned since its creation in 1576 and it is owned by the Guénat family today, who also own Château Beaulieu.

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Vineyards

Both the Villa Baulieu white and red come from a small north-east facing vineyard of eight hectares at an altitude of 400 metres with chalky, limestone soils. This parcel was identified as exceptional by consultant winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt, who aides Michel Fabre, a third generation wine grower, to make the Villa Baulieu wines. The unique micro-climate of the vineyard allows the grapes to ripen but retain acidity from cooler night temperatures that the altitude provides, producing exceptional wines.

Vintage information

After a tough and tempestuous spring, the 2012 vintage enjoyed a hot and dry summer, which was beneficial for grape maturation. Despite high temperatures, the harvest remained modest, and sugar levels did not become overly concentrated. Fruit was hand-picked between the 28th of August and 14th of September.

Vinification

All grapes were harvested by hand. Following rigorous sorting both in the vineyard and at the cellar, the grapes were crushed directly without removing the stalks. The wine was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and then aged in large 40 hectolitre old oak vats where the wine remained for six to eight months on its lees. Monthly battonage added body and mouthfeel. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place.

Tasting Notes

Bright with tinges of pale green. The nose is characteristically Mediterranean with aromas of ginger, citrus and white peaches. Rich and concentrated, the wine is well balanced with a beautiful texture. Integrated oak and subtle minerality result in an expressive, complex wine.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 60% Vermentino
40% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, Provence
Winemaker Michel Fabre
Consultant Winemaker St├ęphane Derenoncourt
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.3g/l
Residual Sugar 2g/l
Wine pH 3