Grape(s): 30% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 20% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Localization: Provence, France
Tasting Notes: Pigoudet is clean and focused, offering subtle strawberry and floral aromatics and flavors as well as a crisp minerality on the palate.
Notes: Chateau Pigoudet is located near Mont Vautubiere in NE corner of Provence,The vines have southern exposure on clay and chalk soils. The 35-year-old vines are sustainably farmed with minimal spraying and organic manures. Strong Mistral winds keep the pests away and cool the vines at night.
This is a direct press rose, made with native fermentation.
Food pairing: Lovely to enjoy on its own or with a wide range of appetizers.
The Domain: A place already chosen by the Romans to plant their vines, managed for a few centuries by the Archdiocese of Aix-en-Provence, divided into several parcels after the revolution, the area of the Château Pigoudet is about the same since the year 1820. In the present, for more than 25 years in the ownership of the Rabe family, this sumptuous place shaped by history, was turned to excellence by Sabine Rabe and her husband, Hans-Ulrich. Today, Château Pigoudet is one of the most renowned vineyards for the quality of its products in the region, in particular for its recognizable rosés.
Nestled in the shadow of the Sainte-Victoire massif, the vineyard of Château Pigoudet is the northernmost of Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, its protected designation of origin. With its 40 hectares of vines, facing south, 400 meters above sea level, it enjoys an exceptional situation that contributes greatly to the success of its harvest. Its late harvests, the last of Provence, made at nightfall, mark the two traits of its wines: freshness and maturity.
Under the experienced eye of the head of culture, Daniel Laugier, who has been caring for these lands for 30 years, and now assisted by his son Benoît, four grape varieties are fairly cultivated for reds and rosés: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache, plus three white grapes grown on a small area of five hectares: Vermentino, Sauvignon and Grenache blanc.
For several years, Château Pigoudet has given back its place to nature and the environment and has embarked on a reasoned viticulture approach that favors the use of "organic manures" and advocates the parsimonious treatment of vines on a case by case basis. Château Pigoudet thus marks its mark of distinction, where quality and transparency nourish its fundamental values. In 2019 we received the label HVE (HautValeurEnviromental).
Key to the rosé and white wines of Château Pigoudet is the brand new cellar, inaugurated in September 2015. It is today one of the most modern in Provence and a prerequisite for creating exceptional wines every year. The cellar master, Ivan Khougazian, young and dynamic with his leitmotiv "always more quality" can elaborate all the subtle aromas with the help of the cold, under nitrogen on optimal conditions.