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A little look back at rosé wine’s history!2018/11/16

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Rosé is the oldest-known wine and first appeared on Mediterranean shores well over a thousand years ago.

The study of Greek and Egyptian representations shows that pale wines resembling rosés were elaborated from crushed or pressed grapes, without maceration (which is the basis of red wine).

 

 

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Monks were also fans of this ‘vinum clarum’, the ancestor of Bordeaux’s Clairet rosé.
The Renaissance too had a taste for this wine that was neither white nor red, as reflected in the details of carafes and glasses shown in Flemish and Dutch paintings.

Reds only started to gain ground over rosés in the 18th century. After the phylloxera crisis, the vineyards were replanted with red grape varieties and although rosés had reigned over the wine world for centuries, tastes switched very clearly to red.
Rosé wine fell more or less into disrepute on the wine market, and has only won recognition again fairly recently.

 

 

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But today, rosé is the word!

 

 

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Consumption has tripled in the last 20 years and represented one-third of all wine consumption in 2013. Friendly-priced, thirst-quenching, varied, easy and pretty, rosé has brought a wind of change to our dinner tables!

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Art’s visit in Provence: Per Kirkeby – Matter is light at Château LaCoste2018/11/15

Per Kirkeby – Matter is light

 

 

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“Château La Coste and Michael Werner Gallery are pleased to present Matter is Light, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Danish artist Per Kirkeby. Matter is Light also inaugurates a new permanent outdoor sculpture, Brick Labyrinth, that will be installed on the grounds of Château La Coste. Conceived in 2009, Brick Labyrinth is the artist’s last completed sculpture: Kirkeby died in May this year, shortly before seeing its installation at La Coste completed. Matter is Light aims to celebrate the life and legacy of this major figure in European art.

The foundational importance of the natural sciences to Kirkeby’s art is well established: the artist traveled extensively in the Arctic and Greenland in the early 1960s while working towards his master’s degree in geology. Equally important to his development as a painter and sculptor are the many experiments with architecture and performance Kirkeby carried out during his student days and into the 1970s.”

 


Ballade en Provence!2018/11/2

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“Authentic and mystical Sainte-Baume.
 
Close to the Mediterranean Sea and not far from the Alps, the Saint-Baum Massif benefits from a triple bioclimatic and biogeographic influence (Mediterranean, steppe and mountain) which offers an abundance of water, a rare and precious element in Lower-Provence.
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The Sainte-Baume Massif is an imposing limestone massif that rises up to an altitude of 1148 meters. It is home to several famous landmarks: the ancient forest of Sainte Baume, the grotto of Mary Magdalene and its monastery, the Saint Pilon, and the path of Roys (Kings). It’s in the surroundings of this natural setting that we invite you to discover a selection of wine-growing addresses, hiking trails and the Musée des Gueules Rouges. Immerse yourself into the heart of nature and the history of Provence Verte. During your stay in Provence Verte, don’t miss its’ seven other remarkable sites: the Gorges du Verdon, the Sainte-Victoire Mountain, the Basilica of Saint-Maximin, the village of Cotignac and its rock, the beach of Vallon Sourn, the Barjols’ fountains circuit and the medieval town of Brignoles.”
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to see the route map and full details please visit:
https://www.routedesvinsdeprovence.com/en/roads/authentic-and-mystical-sainte-baume/
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New winery: Château Revelette2018/10/24


Nestled in the very heart of Provence, 30 km north of Aix-en-Provence, in the commune of Jouques, lies Revelette, as resolutely unspoiled, wild and mysterious as ever. Sheltered by Mount Saint-Victoire, amidst thousands of hectares of woodland, a building, cellars, vines… A wine-growing estate with but one vocation: make real wine.

 

 

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Classified as Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence appellation, Château Revelette has established its old house and its 24 hectares of vineyards on a northern terroir.
It’s part of Sainte-Victoire’s park where centenary trees can be found.

30 ha of vineyards, 17 plots of vines at an altitude of between 330 and 400 m, 11 grape varieties.
The continental climate with its cold, harsh winters and hot summers, has made this “terroir” the most septentrional of the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence appellation.

– “Ecocert” certified organic

– Ploughing post-harvest and in the spring

– Natural grassing-down during winter

-Sheep dung according to vigour and need. Treatment with (very) small doses of copper, trace elements, nettle and horsetail slurry, algae juice, sulphur

-“Green” harvest, small yields

-Manual harvesting in 20 kg crates

In the cellar:

A traditional cellar, concrete tanks and modern equipment to ensure respectful vinification
Two barrel cellars for maturing both white and red wine.

-Depending on vintage specifics, observation and tasting

-Vinification and ageing with small doses of sulphur dioxide; “rational” use of SO2 at bottling.

-Fermentation at controlled temperatures

-Where possible, no enzymes, fining agent or other additives, no commercial yeast

-Bottling on the estate

 

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The estate produces two ranges of wines:

“Château” wines: young and aromatic, pure, delightful. Vinification and maturing in concrete tanks.
The «Château» range is the reflection of the harmony that reigns between soil, climate and vintage.

“Grands vins”: vinified and aged in barrels, powerful and tasty. A beautifully complex wine, true to itself, powerful. Elegance and balance magnified by vinification and maturing in oak barrels.
Maturing allows the wine to ‘breathe’, age comfortably. Maturity, fullness, harmony and personality are all words embodying the true nature of this wine. Recognising this wine in a blind tasting and placing them within their geographical context is our ultimate reward. Grands Vins, Le Grand Blanc and Le Grand Rouge and Série Or are built for long-term cellaring.


PUR are for the winemaker a way to experience and develop later in Grand vins.
These wines are available in white, rosé and red, just ripe harvested to express the of fruit and freshness. Wines of great drinkability.

 

 


New winery: Château de Roquefort2018/10/22

 
Raimond de Villeneuve’s impressively beautiful, biodynamic vineyard is situated in an amphitheater, thus having a very special microclimate. Château de Roquefort is at an altitude of almost 400 meters, allowing later harvesting, which results in more freshness and greater phenolic maturity, and therefore more complexity than is usual in Provençal wines.
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The vineyard is composed of 25 hectares of clay and limestone soils.
Grape variety: traditional grape varieties of the region: Black Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Clairette, Rolle, Ugni.
For a third, vines are over 40 years old, for a third between 15 and 40 years old and for the last third between 1 and 15 years old. From the Sainte-Baume massif, which rises to an altitude of 1042m, the relief towards the sea is formed by long mountain ranges and high plateaus.
altitude of 350 to 390m protected by an imposing rocky cirque on terraces and slopes. This wild and precious environment favors this very advantageous microclimate created by the altitude of the soil and by a slight marine influence.
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Raymond de Villeneuve philosophy: maintain the equilibrium of nature: soil cultivation, organic manure, natural phytosanitary protection, no insecticides or synthetic products.
 
2017 was very humid: mildiou appreared, the winemaker tried to limit the pressing of the wine, treated with manure, horsetail, oak bark, nettles, fermented seaweed purée.
 
The important thing is to work on the metabolism, very little use of copper and sufer.
 
Winemaking way : the wines try to tend towrd silky and fruity characteristics for red wines.
 
“I just try to translate what nature give us, and try to express as closely as possible our terroir”.
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The family De Villeneuve Flayosc owns this castle since 1812 when Hippolyte De Villeneuve Flayosc, Raymond’s great-grandfather, bought it. Located 380 meters above sea level in the middle of a circus surrounded by a rocky bar, the estate was once the property of the archbishop of Marseille who practiced polyculture.
The wines of Château de Roquefort will be at aVin new wine tasting on Saturday October 27th.

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