It emerges from the lush setting of the French Riviera. A sumptuous white Côtes de Provence. A rare wine for only 1,800 bottles of this entirely organic wine were brought into existence. The Charles 2018 vintage from the vineyard of La Madrague is an elegant wine, a refreshing wine and sends the signal that Provence is a great white wine producing region. The 2018 vintage Charles is made exclusively from the Rolle or Vermentino grape variety and enjoyed a daily bâtonnage once a day for a month and then once a week for two months, bâtonnage being the art of stirring the lees or sediment back into the wine imparting upon it additional flavor and aroma.
The wine was aged in a concrete egg, a fairly new vessels that is made from Loire sand, gravel and spring water with no chemical additives. The shape gives the wine a continuous flow during the aging process. The wine is a perfect match for sea bass on a bed of fennel, a local specialty.
The Madrague domain is located on the Saint-Tropez peninsula on Croix-Valmer and looks out onto the beautiful beach of Gigaro. The vineyard stretches out over the towns of Croix-Valmer, Grimaud, Ramatuelle and Gassin. It was purchased in 2007 by Jean-Marie Zodo whose intention was to transform it into an organic wine producer. He also introduced the concrete eggs. The vineyard received its organic certification in 2010.
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