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Ch. La Tour de L’Eveque “Petale de Rose” 750 ML

Alcohol:   13.5%
pH: n/a
Residual Sugar:   n/a
Cotes de Provence
46% Cinsault, 32% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre,
1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Ugni-Blanc, 1% Rolle
and 1% Sémillon

90 points James Suckling

Organic wine certified by FR-BIO 10.Descending from an old Provençal lineage, the Sumeire family has been established in Trets, at the foot of the Sainte-Victoire mountain, since the 13th century. We owe the foundation and expansion of our wine-making estates last century on several sites in Provence to my grand-father, Gabriel Sumeire.

The 2018 vintage was particularly wet. After the drought of 2017, the months of March, April, May and June 2018 recorded rainfall well above seasonal norms, preventing us from entering the vineyards with trucks to ensure good protection against diseases. The total absence of mistral wind combined with heavy rains
fostered a heavy pressure of mildew, which eventually led to crop losses on some plots. In addition, the hail hit the vineyard on June 24th : a historic first for our vines in Pierrefeu. Summer was slow to come but temperatures started to rise steadily from June 21st, which allowed a good ripening of the grapes. The harvest started on August 23rd and finished on September 14th.

All grapes are harvested manually, sorted, not de-stemmed
and directly loaded into an hydraulic Champenois
Coquard press without crushing. The grapes are lightly
pressed so as to obtain optimum delicacy and flavor
from the very heart of the grapes. Wines ferment in
temperature-controlled stainless steel, gravity-fed
cuves. The Pétale de Rose is exclusively made of 1st
quality juices. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation
and is bottled at the Château la Tour de l’Evêque.

General Market

This delicate wine should be drunk around 14°c. Pale
rose-petal pink. Clean, pronounced, classy primary
aromas of vine peach, wild strawberry, interlaced with
some orange peel, floral honeysuckle. Dry palate with
crispy and balanced acidity, somehow generous and
spicy too, with lots of peaches, liquorice, thyme and
laurel coming on the long finish. Silky, balanced, long,
intense, complex. Can drink now or improve in the
bottle for 1-3 years. Perfectly complements a John Dory
filet with liquorice sabayon or fish soup.
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