Chateau Vignelaure 2012 75cl
Vines have been cultivated here for over 2,000 years. In the east of Vignelaure, archaeologists found a large Roman winegrowing. Vignelaure is built in the late 60s, under the supervision of Mr Georges Brunet (former owner of Château La Lagune, a Cru Classé from Haut-Médoc area). So the Château became the pioneer of Cabernet Sauvignon in Provence. The first vine plantations in 1966 were made from grafts coming from Chateau La Lagune vines. Syrah and Grenache are also cultivated in order to be blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. The first vintage, 1970, only vinified in red, is a success staightaway.
2012 vintage is a great vintage due to mature grapes and good balances. The vinification takes place first in stainless-steel tanks and then the wine is aged in oak barrels (228L and 400L with 1/4 of new oak) for 24 months.
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Syrah, 14 months in oak.
The estate keeps the wines in bottle a few years after the barrel ageing (which can last between 1 and 2 years) before releasing them to the market. Harvest by former Irish owner O'Brian and Philippe Bru started in October. A well structured wine with length and freshness. Some tobacco and cedar wood on the nose.
Food pairing: Wild game dishes, burgundy beef, duck breast, wild boar stew.
"The 2012 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence is in a fine place; it may drunk now with pleasure, or held another five years or so. Cedar cigar box notes abound, but there's still plenty of cassis in evidence. Medium to full-bodied, it's silky textured and even plush on the long finish. Drink 2019 - 2025."
(Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate # 242, April 2019)