Château Saint-Julien d’Aille is betting on red
Formerly managed by Romans, and then by Cistercian monks, Château Saint-Julien d’Aille was spared by the French Revolution but gradually fell into disuse. Now, its magnificence has been restored by Bernard Fleury.
The Notre-Dame des Anges DGC defines our wines’ identity
In late 1999, that captain of industry acquired the property and its 172 hectares of land in the town of Vidauban, including 80 hectares of grapevines grown in sandy-clay soil hardened by quartz pebbles. A true wine lover, having fallen under the spell of his two wine-making grandfathers, he renovated everything and replanted vines on the varied topography of his blocks, some surrounded by maritime pines, others on hillsides and still others on the prairie along the Aille River.
“The Notre-Dame des Anges DGC defines our wines’ identity, over and above the Côtes de Provence AOC, as a function of the space where the grapevines are planted, the varietals cultivated and the climate, which is far from the least important of the annual variations. It allows us to talk about our region whilst telling each of our stories, the stories of our wines and how we plan and make them. It also describes the terroir”, Bernard Fleury reveals.
For the time being, red wine is being showcased for the first vintages of Notre-Dame des Anges, in the form of two wines. The first, which quite simply bears the name of Château Saint-Julien d’Aille, mainly comprises young Syrah grapes and is characterized by notes of dark berries, a lovely persistence and a silky finish. The second DGC wine, Imperator, relies on Syrah and Mourvèdre, with just 30% aged in fantastic 600-litre barrels for six to eight months (so as not to allow too much wood to seep in). It stands out for its full body, aromas of blackberries and blackcurrants, a touch of spice and a long finish.
“In fact, our terroir’s location between the forest canopy and the river imbues it with all the variations of the wine, in this case Provence wine, from one area to the next, embodied to a certain extent by the DGCs”, explains Bernard.
A beautiful ruby red colour, a powerful bouquet of leather and spice, nice structure on the palate with supple tannins and dark berry notes, concluding with a long, silky finish.