Château La Verrerie

Southern Rhône, southern rhone France

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 reds are sorted first by bunch, are fully destemmed, and 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) for three months. The 'Esprit Bastide' is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, while the Luberon Rouge is a blend of Grenache and Syrah. The reds are first aged for 12 months by varietal then blended and aged for another 10 months to marry the blend. 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, which adds 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.

 

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