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Château Grand Boise 'Jadis Rosé', Côtes de Provence 2021

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A complex rosé with notes of wild strawberries, violets and orange peel, complemented by a hint of saffron. Refreshing and generous, with lovely texture and a bright, lifted finish.

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The vines are planted in distinctive plots at altitudes ranging from 340 metres' elevation up to 640 metres above sea level in the ‘les Brunets’ vineyard. The vines benefit from good sun exposure, tempered by the cooling effects of the altitude, which imparts a naturally refreshing character to the wine. 80% of the vines are planted with a north facing orientation on clay, limestone soils; the clay element retains water and helps to nurture the vines throughout the warm, dry Mediterranean summers. The remaining 20% of the vineyards are south-facing, maximising sun exposure and are planted in the distinctive pink marble soil. This combination of terroirs gives Grand Boise its freshness, tension and depth. The vineyard is certified organic and farmed under biodynamic principles, with the viticultural methods carefully tailored to the requirements of each plot. Cereals and vegetables are grown among the vines to maintain the soil, keeping it aerated and bringing nitrogen and nourishment to the vines. The soils are horse-ploughed to avoid compaction and the grapes are manually harvested.

This rosé was produced by directly pressing the grapes, allowing the colour from the skins to tint the juice with a delicate blush colour. Fermentation took place with indigenous yeasts, which help to retain the character of the plot, in a combination of 500 litre French oak casks and concrete eggs. Maturation lasted for six months in the same vessels. Sulphur was not added during vinification to preserve the maximum aromas; minimal levels were added at bottling.

 
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Vintage 2021
Alcoholic strength 12%
Country France
Region Provence
Subregion Côtes de Provence
Grapes Grenache 70%, Syrah 30%
Dry/Sweet value 1
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic Yes
Biodynamic No
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Château Grand Boise

Steeped in history, the Château Grande Boise was founded in 1610. The highest estate in Provence, it overlooks the Arc Valley and faces the imposing Mount Sainte-Victoire. The estate has only changed hands four times in its long history, and, from 2013 under the current ownership, the estate has been restored to its former glory. The 90 plots of vines, which cover 45 hectares, are scattered throughout the 400 hectare hillside estate. Significant investments in the vineyard have involved 70% of the vines being replanted under 'massal selection' (a French wine growing term for the practice of replanting new vineyards with cuttings from exceptional old vines from the same or nearby property); organic and biodynamic farming, horse-drawn ploughing and manual cultivation of the vines. At Château Grande Boise, they believe that respecting nature is more than a philosophical position, it is a commitment. Winemaker Olivier Dauga took over in 2010, and pledging to realise the potential of each plot, he skilfully crafts terroir-driven wines which truly reflect this magnificent estate.

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