Via Caritatis Pax in Terra 2018
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“Pax, Peace… echoing the motto of the monks of Saint Benedict, and like the flow of the benevolent and protecting river that the mountain sends upon his winemaking sons.”
PEACE, TRANQUILITY, CALM, PROTECTION, KINDNESS
You will be greeted with a punch of flavor that tapers off and then has a spicy peppery note in the aftertaste. The aroma captivates with its touches of licorice, caramel, and prunes. The taste is generously loaded with a sweetness that envelops the silky tannins. This is one of the best wines to enjoy with good friends and good food! Recommendation: it should be decanted an hour before serving.
MONK’S TASTING NOTES: Pairs with braised beef, barbecued chicken, turkey, duck, lamb, and veal.
It is this serene calmness of Nature and of profoundly rooted hearts, like our mountains and the almost century-old vines that are scattered there, that we wished to imbue into our Pax wines. The old vines on our rocky hillsides in their soil of deep clay, grapes slowly ripening under the generous sun of Provence, and patient growth are the three strings on which this symphony is played.
Poetry from the Earth: Fullness, character, elegance, finesse, radiance, smooth tannins melted in a bouquet of spices, menthol, and caramel fragrances… like a deep night descending with its heavy velvet cloak, enveloping all things under its starry fullness.
The Vineyard: The parcels selected for this wine have a common thread: they share the same freshness coming from the mountain air, the same deep soil, enriched by the rocky and heavy clay mixture, and the same full exposure to the hot sun due to the fact that they are planted on sidehills. The most typical example of this unique situation is the circled valley between the two monasteries of le Barroux.
Viticultural Work: Beyond all other focuses, “Maintenance and Service” of God’s Creation are the two main axes of our conscientious growing approach. Our goal and philosophy is to let nature, through our vines as well as our other products in Provence, produce its fruits in its own timing: today and… tomorrow. The perfect microclimate along with the famous Mistral, keeping the air clean and healthy, are important agents in accomplishing this goal. The yields are closely monitored according to the different terroirs, vine types, graft carrier, age, and density of the plants.
Vinification and Production: The harvesting is done primarily by hand followed by a very strict sorting in order to keep only the grapes that are perfectly healthy and ripe. The vinification process is classical, with initial macerating in concrete tanks for 20 days without the stems. The extracting and straining by délestage is done at the beginning of the fermentation; then we perform some light stirring in order to prevent hard tannins. The malolactic fermentation follows, bourgui, and the wine is later racked into concrete tanks for 18 months of aging and then bottled.
60% Grenache, 40% Syrah