Estate: A family owned domaine consisting of 47 hectares of vineyards and 20 of olive groves; the Cartier family has cultivated the land for several generations. Located in the heart of the Alpilles, a small mountain range in Provence, Nicolas Cartier and his sons Luc and Frederi have been practicing organic, traditional farming methods that have garnered their wines much recognition for their “powerful expression” of the grapes and land.
Winemaking: The family follows the “Nature and Progress ” laws that forbid any use of chemical fertilizer, weed killer and insecticide. The grapes are hand harvested, traditional vinification methods are practiced, the wines are only lightly filtered, and certified organic by ECOCERT.
Tasting Notes: Coral-red in colour with aromas of strawberry, minerals and rose petal. Strawberry and melon flavours joined a balancing acidity, whilst citrus, honeysuckle and touches of white peppercorn lingered invitingly between each sip.
Winemaker’s blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon [The blend is dependent on each year’s harvest, I could not verify varietal percentages.]
Les Baux de Provence
Mis en Bouteille au Mas par MME Nicolas Cartier et Ses Fils Propriétaires Récoltants [Estate Bottled by Nicolas Cartier and His Son Owners Growers]
Enjoy now thru 2015