Château Juvenal : an exceptional terroir?
Let us tell the history of Chateau Juvenal.
Anne-Marie and Bernard Forestier bought the domain and its castle in 2001. Family Alban (Jean-Claude, Mireille and Sebastien) had maintained the property with their domain so far. The grapes were brought to the winery Balma Venitia, where wine was made and sold as vintage, red, Château Juvenal and two wines, red and rose, Domaine Alban. In 2011, Anne-Marie and Bernard Forestier and Sébastien Alban joined, pooled their lands, built the cellars of Château Juvenal, and made Château Juvenal wines at the castle for the first time, under the leadership of benevolent Philippe Cambie, International renowned oenologist (named best wine consultant of the 2010 year by Rober Parker).
Philippe loves beautifull soils, and Château Juvenal is so :
Placed on the southern slope of Graveyron, small hill in Comtat Venaissin in Provence, which is is a clay and limestone gravel soil enjoying maximum sunshine.
Planting, pruning, maintenance, harvesting is carried out by Sebastien and his team with the following policy :
The plantations are decided according to two criteria: the wines we want to do and the features of our land: Grenache is expressed beautifully in the more arid lands of Graveyron. Syrah instead love our deeper lands. Other parcels of land are welcoming Mourvedre, and others, Cinsault ... Nothing is random. A plantation is preparing 2 to 5 years in advance, using analyzes of ground, plowing, advice, choice of plans, clones ... and it is for 50 years or more. Each plot is a country.
Work in the vineyard of Château Juvenal are conducted in order to :
Having a healthy vineyard for a total quality harvest, which means treating when a real health hazard does exist
Respect of nature and consumer (and neighbors, as we are !).
That's why we practice a nature-friendly agriculture and human excluding treatments using synthetic products (organic farming).
The 2011 vintage is certified organic conversion, 3rd year, the 2012 harvest will be fully organic.
And because each plot is a country, we choose for each of them the optimum harvest date as the flavor of the fruit is at optimum when the berries are fully mature. We gather the grapes by hand, with skilled pickers, who retain only the ripe and healthy grapes.