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Chateau de Pibarnon S.C.E.A.

410 Chemin de la Croix Signaux, 83740 La Cadière d'Azur
France
Telephone +33 4 94901273
Fax +33 4 94901298
contact@pibarnon.fr

This company is co-exhibitor of
Association Des Vins de Bandol

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  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.01  wines from Europe
  • 01.01.05  wines from France
  • 01.01.05.11  wines from Provence

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Product category: wines from Provence

Le Rouge du Château de Pibarnon 2017

Grape variety
90% MOURVEDRE - 10% GRENACHE

Terroir
The soil is made up of clay, limestone and white chalk from the TRIAS geological period. It is the Triassic soil that is responsible for the finesse of the tannins and the minerality of the wine. Surface: 20ha of terraced slopes, a selection of our 12 best plots: Bel Air, Jourdan, Pointes Blanches...planted up to 900 feet/250 metres above sea level. The vines are on average 30 years old.

Winemaking
As the vine, the vatting requested lots of patience. Tannin extract slowly after long days of maceration and punching. Fermentation is followed by a very long Maceration (about 3 weeks) before running off. Breeding in casks of oak for 20 months. Casks park will soon be renewed at 100%. A diversification in choice of Suppliers and barrels of differents ages to best adapt the breeding of each of our terroirs.

Tasting
The 2017 Red is a deep and grand wine of remarkable scale. Its elegance creates a fine balance with the light on the frame and silhouette, making it seem more like a Gothic cathedral than a Romanesque church. On the nose, black fruit and sweet spices are present, but it is recommended to store the wine for a few years so it can reach its full potential.

Vintage
2017 is far from the archetypical 'hot' vintage! The magic of the soil of course, as well as excellent quantities of water, due to the wet winter, have produced a great vintage. The 500 mm of rain that fell up to the end of April managed to get rid of the 2016 drought. Moderate grape production with a naturally low yield (around 30 hl per hectare, which is very little) and the handful of bunches per stem meant that the maturity levels were excellent. The high but deep soils were the finishing touches to the bright and elegant wines.

Yield
Handpicked grapes with a small team of pickers. This allows us to stretch out picking dates, to maximize the opportunity of harvesting each variety at its best moment of maturity. Strict selection in the vineyard and picking out of individual grapes bunches, if necessary. 30 hectoliters per hectare.

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Product category: wines from Provence

Le Rosé du Château de Pibarnon 2018

Grape variety
70% Mourvèdre - 30% Cinsault

Terroir
The terraced vineyard faces the sea on the top of a hill that reaches 300 m and forms a great natural south-east-facing bowl. The soil is made of clay, limestone and white chalk, from the TRIAS geological period in the beginning of the second era. The unique location, completed by an audacious blend of varieties, gives this particular rosé, character, complexity and elegance.

Winemaking
- Cinsault is a press juice giving the fruit and the flesh. - Mourvèdre is "saigné" (only several hours of skin contact). Juice is not pressed, only pouring out of the tank by gravity giving body, complexity and freshness. The blend of both juices is fermented at low temperature (22° C), slowly during 20 days. No wood, aged in tank for 6 months.

Tasting
The 2018 rosé is ready to glorify all the Mediterranean dishes that we will introduce to it. On the nose it is suave, full of liquorice and sweet spices, boasting a long, tasty and saline finish with elegant bitterness. A classic from the Domaine, which we have been developing for the past 40 years. Goes perfectly with colourful and inventive dishes full of sweet and rare spices. A four seasons rosé; ethereal, refreshing and fruity in the first few months and then more mineral, complex, long and structured. Red mullet, bottarga, saffron, Spanish ham, anchovy purée, Roquefort and roquette produce a delicate and fine pairing with the wine. Asian cuisine, raw fish, garlic and white meat also go well together.

Vintage
This vintage, marked by abundant moisture in the spring and early summer, has seen a development in the soil but also the arrival of mildew. Through choosing not to spray the vines undiscerningly, we helped the vines to adapt and the grapes to ripen. There is therefore very little copper this year; the soil is protected and the vineyards were able to fight back thanks to our cultivation and biodynamic methods. Here the soil is alive. The limestone is able to simultaneously drain the water but also retain it. Its alkaline dynamics, stemming from the plants around it, are obstacles to the development of endemic varieties. It is the home of absolute serenity. The 2018 vintage is thus intuitive, delicate and balanced, while the northern facing vineyards have helped to add that final touch of sparkle and elegance.

Yield
20 ha on the slopes. Handpicked grapes, with a small team of pickers, in small cases of 20kg. Yield less than 30hl/ha (350 cases per ha).

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Product category: wines from Provence

Le Rosé Nuances du Château de Pibarnon 2017

A Genesis Hidden in our Memories
NUANCES Rosé was born out of our continuous tastings of Pibarnon's young and older vintage Rosés. In the past, we often had to launch a new vintage in mid-August with already more complex notes and a broad and fulfilling structure, knowing that a Classic Pibarnon Rosé can easily be drunk the following year and for years to come.

The Expectation..
So, this is how the idea for a Grand Rosé sprung up: a rosé that would be deliberately kept in the cellar during the first spring and the first summer and would then be launched in the autumn, to be served with white meats, autumn and winter dishes, whilst maintaining hints of the Mediterranean.

A pure Mourvèdre
We naturally focused our choice on a 100% Mourvèdre, which has the immense quality of taking longer to open up, then lasting for a very long time. Of course, a Grand Rosé is also a matter of wine-making and a choice of aging. A combined option was choosen: partly in Franz Stockinger 30hl large oak cask, which is very neutral in terms of toasting, but do bring the necessary oxygen; and partly in stoneware, a noble and porous earth that gives tension and purity.

A Grand Rosé
Production remains quite small: it is an exceptional rosé. We chose our best soils, with Bandol's yields (for the record, less than 35 hl / ha). Natural yeasts, good quality wine-making temperature of (21/23°C), to extract aromas of the grape variety, not fermentative. Wine bottled late, mid-June 2017. Available beginning October 2017.

Promises
A delicately iridescent and subtle colour, elegant and refreshingly aromatic. Nothing extravagant, just finesse. It reveals a faint hint of greenery and an undertone of red fruits that will intensify, then allow the liquorice and spices to make an appearance. On the palate, it is broad, ample, simultaneously both crisp and powerful, blessed with a phenomenal and palatable length. This rosé Nuances 2016 draws us to white meats, autumnal thrushes, partridges. It's also a tribute to the Mediterranean: it is made for red mullet, saffron, crayfish... A great mealtime rosé, can be stored. 

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Product category: wines from Provence

Le Blanc du Château de Pibarnon 2018

Grape variety
- 50% CLAIRETTE (finesse and elegance). - 30% BOURBOULENC (freshness and liveliness) - 20 % LOCAL GRAPE VARIETIES (Marsanne and Ugni Blanc)

Terroir
Located on cooler north-facing slopes, the white grapes are planted on a very interesting soil consisted of BLUE MARL from the SANTONIAN geological period, the same soil as Petrus or Chateau-Chalon. Altitude 900 ft.

Winemaking
Direct pressing and cold settling. Traditional method. Fermented at a low temperature, slowly, during 25 days. Aged in tank and a small part in wood to give more complexity.

Tasting
This southern and distinct white is a rival to its renowned northern 'brothers' for its freshness, thanks to its elegant bitterness and particularly its savoury finish, due to the soil and long ripening on the northern side. Its structure is not a
reflection of the volume, but its floral elegance and delicacy makes it precise and pure. This white goes best with langoustines, scallops and lobster. A white-fleshed noble fish would pair perfectly, with a salt crust, cooked in white butter or simply grilled with wild fennel.

Vintage
This vintage, marked by abundant moisture in the spring and early summer, has seen a development in the soil as well as the arrival of mildew. By choosing not to spray the vines undiscerningly, we helped the vines to adapt and the grapes to ripen. There is therefore very little copper this year; the soil is protected and the vineyards were able to fight back thanks to our cultivation and biodynamic methods. Here the soil is alive. The limestone is able to simultaneously drain the water and retain it. Its alkaline dynamics, stemming from the plants around it, are obstacles to the development of endemic varieties. It is the home of absolute serenity. The 2018 vintage is thus intuitive, delicate and balanced, while the northern facing vineyards have helped to add that final touch of sparkle and elegance.

Yield
Handpicked grapes, with a small team of pickers. Grape bunch selection is made in the vineyard. Less than 30 Hl/ha.

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Product category: wines from Provence

Les Restanques de Pibarnon 2015

Grape variety
70% MOURVEDRE / 30% GRENACHE.

Terroir
Les Restanques is a vineyard planted on the hills. Wines from this vineyard represent the youth of CHATEAU de PIBARNON and the desire to produce wines from vines that come from the same terroir but that are 10 to 20 years younger, with much more pronounced Grenache flavours.

Winemaking
The grapes are completely destemmed and placed in vats without the aid of pumps. Grapes are treaded daily in order to extract the delicate tannins from the skin. Temperature is controlled in order to retain the wine's fresh berry aromas. It is aged for 18 months, some of it in Burgundian-style barrels and the rest in oak barrels.

Tasting
Wisdom shines from within this Restanques 2015 and complex plant overtones are shown on the nose, such as sandalwood, garrigue, wild herbs and pepper, supported by fruity wild berries. The palate shows good density mixed with delicate tannins, producing a pure tasting experience. The wine's elegance gives it depth and freshness. In a few months this classic wine will bear the qualities of a sensual wine from the south.

Vintage
It's a year of equilibrium, finesse and beautiful maturity. Little excess, despite rainfall stopping prematurely (late April). Was it a hot year? Yes, certainly, on average, but evened out by cool nights. Here, we benefit from the sea air and night time mist that evaporates very quickly in the early morning. Was it a dry year? No, our terroir at high altitude has poor yet deep soils that gradually create winter reserves for the vines. The limestone provides a silky texture, and has a decent acid and mineral support

Yield
35 hectoliters per hectare (about 1700 t/acre) Surface: 8 hectares on hill-side, at an altitude of 200m above sea level. Harvest from September 5th for the first Grenache to September 20th for the latest mourvèdre.

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Product category: wines from Provence

Le Vieux Marc de Bandol 1995

Tasting
To taste an old marc, choose "chimney"cognac glasses, instead of the classical round ones. This marc is not only elegant, but really interesting thanks to its strength. It is no longer aggressive. The nose is quite suave, with complex aromas of raisins, plum, prune, and a hint of liquorice. A powerful and ample mouth, followed by a long and elegant final.

Origin
Made from de-stemmed Mourvèdre marcs. At the end of the vinification, when the wine is racked-off, the red marcs, that come out of the press, are de-stemmed and ensiled in tanks sheltered from the air. It is the "méthode bourguignonne". The distillation starts when wines are finished and put in oak casks, generally at the very beginning of January.

Distillation
THE COPPER STILL has a small capacity: about 250 kg of marc. It works with wood fire and allows 4 "passes" a day. A "pass" produces about 25 litres of alcohol, reaching about 60 degrees. We improved the distillation process, in order

to keep only noble alcohols, that is to say the HEART of the stoking. The head and end alcohols are carefully separated.

Ageing
The ageing process in oak barrels is essential: we first use new oak from the Armagnac area, then an older oak during 15 years on average. The "Armagnac" barrel. At Château de Pibarnon, the choice of oaks is the result of a long investigation: we use new oak barrels of 418 litres, made with Armagnac forests wood. It is a special variety called "Chêne Rouvre". The grain and tannins are especially adapted to this kind of spirit, less tight than oaks from Vosges or Massif central. The light amber colour of the marc is due to the wood.

Bottling
After 19 years of ageing, the degree of alcohol decreases to 42/44° by evaporation (the famous "part des anges"), the marc is bottled at Château de Pibarnon, without filtering.

Production
Each vintage produces about 4 "armagnac" barrels of 418 litres.

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A unique local soil
The breathtaking beauty of the Pibarnon vineyard and the originality of its exceptional terroir are gathered in the majesty of its wines.

The origin of the refinement and elegance of Pibarnon wines lies in its captivating site overlooking the Mediterranean, where the vines, planted on restanques (traditional Provençal dry-stone retaining walls) up to 300 metres above sea level, live in perfect symbiosis with a carefully preserved ecosystem and an exceptional local soil. Those factors on their own would justify the estate's classification as a "clos” or a "climate”, like the great wines of Burgundy.

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