Château Grand Boise 'Liberté Chérie', Provence, France 2016

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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.

'Liberté Chérie' 2016

This richly structured, densely flavoured red is not allowed to carry the ‘Côtes de Provence’ appellation label because it is produced with 100% Syrah.

'Liberté Chérie', made with fruit from vines found at 635m above sea level, is aged for 12 months in oak barrels before spending a further 6 months in amphorae. It is wonderfully balanced, with powerful blank fruit aromas backed up by more nuanced notes of wild herbs and pepper, before a long, saline and fresh finish.

This is a wine that is definitely age-worthy but is now approaching an ideal drinking window. Only 1000 bottles produced each vintage.

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