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Ch. La Tour de L’Eveque, Blanc

Alcohol:   13%
pH: n/a
Residual Sugar:   n/a
Cotes de Provence
73% Sémillon, 27% Rolle

Owned by the same family since 1958, this Provencal estate is rich in history as the property bears two names: Chateau La Tour de l’Eveque and Sainte Anne. The estate is located in the hilly area of the Maurettes. The terrain consists of soil derived from Silurian phyllite and red sandstone.

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
fragrance from the very heart of the grapes. Wines
ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel,
gravity-fed cuves. The wine is bottled at the Château la
Tour de l’Evêque.

General Market

The appearance offers a lemon-yellow color with
silvery tinges. The nose is clean, pronounced, with
peachy primary aromas, completed by golden apples
on flowery background, reminding the honeysuckle.
There is a certain delicacy coming with these fruity and
airy layers, however with high definition and a lot of
freshness. The palate is dry, with crispy, citrusy acidity
balanced by the silky mouthfeel. The flavors remind
the pomelo and its zests, together with aromas from
the nose, lingering on the long finish. Can drink now or
up to 3-5 years, paired with a sea bream ceviche,
peaches and quinoa. It is a perfect match for seafood and shellfish.
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