Château Grand Boise 'Auro', Provence, France 2019
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Flagship Provence wines – organic – family-owned
Château Grand Boise
This estate has long been on our radar. 45 hectares of vines are planted in terraces, dotted across the hillside directly opposite the stunning Montagne Sainte-Victoire. Vines have been grown in this area since the Roman era and the Grand Boise estate is certainly a throwback to a more traditional way of farming, with the vines sitting alongside olive groves and woodland in a truly balanced eco-system.
Family-owned, the Grand Boise estate can be traced back to 1610, although came to being in its current form when the land of three estates was combined in 1879. That rich history, combined with an enviable location, ensures this is one of the most interesting estates we have discovered in the Provence region.
The vineyards are located at relatively high altitude, with vines found between 300m to 640m above sea level. The combination of this altitude with good exposure to the sun gives beautifully fresh wines with excellent balance, all produced without the use of fertilisers or pesticides.
‘Auro’, the wind in Provençal dialect, is the blend of 3 young plots of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, planted on some of the highest plots on the domain. This cuvee is fruit forward and juicy, is vinified using indigenous yeast and aged in a concrete tank. No sulphites are added, leaving a wine that is bursting with bright fruit flavours, fresh acidity and crunchy tannins.