Château La Verrerie

Southern Rhône, southern rhone France

Jean-Louis Descours fell in love with Château La Verrerie in 1981, when he was looking at retirement projects. As a result, he purchased the 20 hectare estate and, along with his son Gérard, brought the estate 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, Christopher, who is also the owner of Charles Heidsieck and Piper-Heidsieck, as well as Biondi-Santi, runs the estate.

Château La Verrerie is located in the Luberon appellation. The domaine has 48 hectares of vineyard, with about 70% of the production red, 20% rosé and 10% white. Of the reds, half 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 winery has been certified organic since the 2013 vintage.

The Château La Verrerie reds are fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks after sorting first by entire bunch and then by berry after de-stemming. They are then aged in old large oak casks (25 and 50 hectolitres) for three months. The 'Esprit Bastide' is a blend of 45% Grenache and 35% Syrah, 20% Carignan, while the Luberon Rouge is a blend of 54% Grenache and 46% 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 ages on its lees for a period of three to six months, which adds richness. It is the epitome of the Provençal style, pale in colour, clean and perfumed with crisp acidity and a scented finish.

 

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