Domaine du Clos des Tourelles

Southern Rhône, southern rhone France

This sister property of Château de Beaucastel illustrates why the Perrin family have invested heavily in Gigondas.

Clos des Tourelles, situated just outside the walled village of Gigondas, is managed the same way as Beaucastel. The Perrin family place similar emphasis on organic and biodynamic practices and favour the use of natural composts and herbal infusions in the vineyards.

The single ‘Clos’ vineyard of Les Tourelles totals 10 hectares, planted on calcareous, sandy soils which lend both an intensity of fruit and an elegance to the finished wine. Grenache is the most widely planted variety (around 80%), with smaller plantings of Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. The ‘Clos’ lies directly alongside the property on north-west facing slopes that benefit from a cool microclimate, which tempers the warm weather thereby facilitating a slower ripening period and maintaining acidity.

The grapes were harvested by hand and each variety was vinified separately in stainless steel vats to preserve the individual characteristics. After a cold soak, fermentation was allowed to occur spontaneously using indigenous yeasts with regular light punch downs. The wine was then pressed using a vertical press and aged in oak foudres for 18 months. The power and depth of fruit produced from this single vineyard means these wines have significant ageing potential; structured tannins are balanced by layers of spice-accented blackberry fruit with hints of star anise and black pepper.


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