Red is in the DNA of Château Lauzade’s NDA wine
Owned by the Sénéclauze family since 2007, Château Lauzade has 50 hectares of grapevines between Le Luc and Gonfaron, at the edge of the Permian basin.
Being a part of this collective adventure
On this calcareous clay land made of very red Permian sandstone – which is very difficult to work – the Cellar Master and Site Manager Nicolas Pérolini devotes the vineyard’s Notre-Dame des Anges production to none other than red, bearing in mind that some 15 hectares of land are classified for the DGC. This high-end wine, in a blend of mostly Syrah (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), spends time in special 225-litre barrels from Bordeaux.
“We have always made a lot of red here. Although rosé accounts for about 60% of our wine, that is still well below the average for Côtes de Provence”, Nicolas Pérolini explains. “This one is spicy and peppery, with hints of dark berries and roasted aromas which are extended through its long finish.”
“It’s important to be a part of this collective adventure”, the Cellar Master rhapsodizes. “Our colleagues in Sainte-Victoire, La Londe, Fréjus and Pierrefeu understood this and wanted to obtain DGC status, just as we have now. This leaves a strong mark on our respective identities and serves the image of Côtes de Provence as a whole. We have a variety of terroirs, with naturally different climates, that affect the when and how the grapes ripen, as well as how we think about, work and harvest the vines and make our wines.”
“It’s very humid here in winter and very dry in the summer. Our products stand out more or less from the others, even within the same region, for their colour, acidity and the number of flavour properties”, Nicolas adds.
Dark ruby red colour with crimson glints. The intense, complex nose features deep aromas of dark berries and roasted coffee, elevated by subtle eucalyptus notes. On the palate, its velvety tannins give it a truly sensuous feel. The aromas of garrigue and menthol linger deliciously through the long finish.