Villa Baulieu

Provence, provence France

The Villa Baulieu estate is located within the crater of Provence's only volcano, the ‘Trévaresse’ located in Rognes. The estate, created as a fiefdom by King Henry III of France in 1576, today belongs to the Guénant family, who also own Château Beaulieu.

Both the Villa Baulieu white and red come from an eight hectare walled vineyard at an altitude of 400 metres. The site faces north-east and has soils of clay and limestone over lava basalt. This parcel was identified as exceptional by legendary consultant winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt, who aids third generation winemaker Michel Fabre to produce the wines. The unique micro-climate of the vineyard allows the grapes to ripen but retain acidity from the cooler night temperatures that the altitude provides, producing exceptional wines. The harvest is done by hand and can require several visits in order to pick bunches at optimum ripeness. Nothing but the best goes into the wine and the grapes and must are handled as gently as possible from vineyard to bottle.

The Villa Baulieu white is a blend of 60% Vermentino and 40% Sauvignon Blanc. It is vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and then aged in large 40 hectolitre old oak vats where the wine remains for 6 to 8 months on its lees, with monthly bâtonnage to add body and mouthfeel, before bottling. The Villa Baulieu red is a blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Grenache. The wine is fermented in cement tanks with regular punch downs to allow for gentle extraction of colour and tannins and then aged for 10-12 months in barriques.


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