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Villa Baulieu Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rouge

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

Fruit comes from a small north-east facing vineyard of eight hectares at an altitude of 400 metres with chalky, limestone soils. The Grenache is grown closer to the heart of the crater and the Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon grow on the slopes. This parcel was identified as exceptional by consultant winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt, who aides Michel Fabre, a third generation wine grower to make 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 17th of September and 16th of October.

Vinification

The grapes were destemmed and then fermented in cement tanks with regular punch downs to allow for gentle extraction of colour and tannins. After 25 days, the wine was transferred to French oak barriques where malolactic fermentation took place. The wine remained in these barrels for 10 to 12 months before being lightly fined and bottled.

Tasting Notes

Fine, complex aromas of liquorice, mocha and mint liqueur dominate the nose, underlined by hints of violet and liquorice sweets, followed by perfumes of black berries and white stone fruits. The palate is expansive and concentrated, offering a soft, spicy texture enveloped in ripe, tight tannins and well integrated oak.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 40% Syrah/Shiraz
40% Cabernet Sauvignon
20% Grenache/Garnacha
Region Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, Provence
Winemaker Michel Fabre
Consultant Winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 4.9g/l
Residual Sugar 2g/l
Wine pH 3.7