Château de Pampelonne
The magnificent 17th century Château de Pampelonne borders the famous French Riviera beach of the same name in the commune of Ramatuelle, near Saint Tropez. The estate has been in the Gasquet-Pascaud family since 1840, when it was purchased by Gasquet ancestor André Folco, treasurer for Napoléon III. The current proprietor of this beautiful 400 acre domaine is Edgar Pascaud, and his daughter Marie directs Pampelonne’s winemaking.
Young Marie Pascaud earned a degree in Enology from the University of Montpellier and stayed on to complete a specialized Master’s degree in business. Since leaving the world of academia, Marie has worked two harvests a year, bouncing back and forth between France and the southern hemisphere. In addition to her duties as winemaker for Pampelonne, she has spent six-month stints at top estates in Chile, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
Château de Pampelonne produces an excellent red wine and a modest amount of white wine, but it is the Côtes de Provence Rosé for which the estate is best known. In addition to the classic rosé cépages of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, Pampelonne also uses Tibouren in the blend. This ancient Greek variety, now unique to this area of France, is valued for the aromatic intensity it lends to some of Provence’s finest rosés.
Côtes de Provence Rosé
Varietals: 40% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 20% Syrah and 10% Tibouren
Soil: Granitic sand topsoil on base of gneiss.
Vinification Methods: All fruit is destemmed. The rosé is made entirely from direct pneumatic press juice. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. No malo-lactic. The wine remains on its fine lees for 5 months in temp-controlled inox tanks before being filtered with kieselghur (powdery diatomaceous earth) and bottled at the end of February.
Legende Cotes de Provence Rose
Category: Wine – Still – Rosé
Grape varieties: Cinsault, Grenache
Region: Provence, France
Appellation: Côtes de Provence