Rhône Valley, France
Château la Canorgue- 2015
A defined, well made red to partner the excellent white. Made from Syrah and Grenache with a little old vine Carignan too, it receives 4-6 months in oak. Beautifully soft, with layers of berry fruits and wild herbs. It takes you straight to Provence!
Chateau la Canorgue
Canorgue has been owned and run by the same family for five generations, and is a real flag bearer for the whole Luberon region. Jean-Pierre Margan pioneered organic viticulture in the appellation when he first converted his vines back in 1978. Today, increasingly aided by his daughter Nathalie, he oversees 40 hectares of organic vineyards, certified by Ecocert. Over many years the family have restructured the vineyards, planted new plots, modernised and improved the cellar, the storage, and the tasting rooms. Gradually, through sheer hard work, the domaine has became the 'go to' reference in the Luberon region.
Jean-Pierre & Nathalie's philosophy is based upon the principle of protection of the environment and producing great wines as naturally as possible. The vineyards have never been treated with weed killers, insecticides, pesticides or fungicides. A few biodynamic treatments are also applied such as nettle or horsetail preparations. The harvest for red wines is essentially manual. The use of machines for the more fragile white and rosés makes it possible to harvest at night to keep the grapes cool and avoid oxidation, which is harmful to quality. The vinification and wine producing operations are carried out in the same spirit of quality and natural methods. The cellar is a successful combination of traditional and modern. Tradition is respected thanks to the old vaulted 17th century cellar in which the red wines are matured in foudres, demi-muids and barriques. Modernity also has its place in the underground vinification cellar which makes it possible to steep in the grapes using gravity, an additional guarantee of quality. Vinification is also natural, no artificial yeasts or tannins, tartaric acid or other additives are used, and only a minimal dose of sulphur is added. The domaine vineyards are planted with both Rhone and Mediterranean varieties - essential for the Luberon AOP - Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre, Cinsault for the reds and Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Bourboulenc, Vermentino for the whites. The average age of these vines is 40-45 years, with just a few plots dating from the 1930s! Yields are intentionally kept low in order to focus on quality and authenticity.
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