Château Gassier

Provence, France

Le Pas du Moine, Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire – 2018

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  • Introduction

    • “Le Pas du Moine” is “the path of the monk,” a reference to the footpath leading to an ancient priory on the south-facing slope of Mount Sainte Victoire, the mountain known as the guardian of the spirits of Provence and defining the northern boundary of the appellation.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Château Gassier is situated 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from Aix en Provence, at the foot of Mount Sainte Victoire. Its 40 hectares (98.84 acres) benefit from an ideal location in the heart of the Arc Valley, protected by Sainte-Victoire in the north, the Regagnas hills in the south and the Aurélien mountains to the east. The vineyards are at 330 meters (1,082 feet) with a southern exposure.

    • Appellation: Côtes de Provence AOP
    • Viticulture: 100% organic
    • Vine Age: Grenache planted in 1982 and 2000; Syrah in 1992 and 2003; and Cinsault in 2004
    • Soil: Clay and limestone pebbles and sand caused by erosion of Mount Sainte Victoire
    • Density: 4,000 vines/hectare (1,619 vines/acre)
    • Training: Cordon de Royat (simple and double pruning)
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): Night harvests
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: At a low temperature of 14 C (57.2 F) and then 18 C (64.4 F) at the end of the fermentations
    • Aging: In cement cuves for 2.5 to 3 months
    • Filtration: tangential filtration
    • Fining: Bentonite fining
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 50% Grenache, 50% Syrah
    • Alcohol: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Hints of pale peach
      Nose: Notes of lychee, passion fruit, papaya and pomegranate
      Palate: A beautiful length and a nice balance in mouth. Aromas of exotic fruits.

    • Serving Suggestions: Serve chilled to 10-12 C (50-54 F) Amazing as an apéritif, this rosé also matches perfectly with Mediterranean gastronomy, such as ratatouille, and Asian cuisine, such as sushi, spring rolls or stir-fried beef

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  • Chateau Gassier Le Pas du Moine, Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire – 2018 – Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points

    Produced from organically grown grapes, this crisply textured wine is grown in the cru vineyards of Mont Saint-Victoire. Its lively acidity is enhanced by the inclusion of some white grapes (Rolle and Ugni Blanc) in the blend. Drink now.

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