Château Demonpère cultivates authenticity
Ten years ago, the owner Yves Journel came to Domaine de la Pardiguière, to breathe new life into it and give it a new name, with a charming nod to the Provence recounted by Marcel Pagnol (the name of the winery translates to “My Father’s Castle”, an amalgamation of his novels My Mother’s Castle and My Father’s Glory).
It’s the wine-makers’ passion
Since then, so many roads have been travelled and so much soil has been turned on the 32 hectares of grapevines, next to 17 hectares of olive groves and 95 hectares of Mediterranean forest. “The vines were pulled up and replanted, and everything is now organic, from our wine to our oil”, Anne Chenevas-Paule, Administrative & Commercial Director of Château Demonpère, asserts with pride.
“The vineyard was acquired at the beginning of the DGC process, and we naturally joined the movement and participated in its evolution, up until we achieved official recognition. It’s the wine-makers’ passion that will make our Côtes de Provence DGC a success at the top of the line”, she proclaims. At it’s precisely at that top of the line that Château Demonpère wants to get consumers to drink the two official colours, rosé and red.
It produces 40.5 hectolitres of gourmet rosé in gorgeous Marius “Diamond Point” bottles. This wine is a sure thing, described by the Administrative & Commercial Director as “angelic”, full of juicy fruit and berries, with notes of lychee and spices, made from Grenache (70%), Cinsault (20%) and Rolle (10%, accentuating its paleness). On the red side of things, the 35 hectolitres of wine spend a year in oak barrels (40%), in a blend of Syrah (dominant) and Grenache, resulting in a powerful, tannic wine with notes of red and dark berries and spices.
“Our wine is readily identifiable for its unique taste. This means it is very important to differentiate it by means of a dedicated designation, which is where the Notre-Dame des Anges DGC comes into play”, notes Anne Chenevas-Paule.
A generous rosé with a lovely gourmet balance.