Houchart Tradition Red 2018

A CONCENTRATE OF BLACKBERRY, BLACKCURRANT AND SPICES

Story

The wine
At the foot of the Sainte Victoire mountain, 15 kms from Aix en Provence, in the commune of Puyloubier, this domaine was bought in 1890 by Aurélien Houchart, a negociant and friend of Cézanne and great-grand father of Geneviève Quiot. This family estate has been farmed since Roman times some distance away from the “Via Aurelia”.
The vintage
A rainy but beneficial first semester which allowed to make up a little for the deficient water reserves in 2017. Consequently, spring was synonymous with mildew attack but thanks to a proper control, the harvest has been preserved. The summer was hot and sunny, which allowed us to approach the harvest in optimal conditions. The health of the berries was excellent and conducive to the expectation of optimal maturity, favored by a magnificent beginning of autumn with hot afternoons and cool nights.
Location
At the foot of the Sainte Victoire mountain, near the town of Puyloubier. The domaine is located in the plain between the Sainte Victoire and Aurélien mountains. This very particular situation creates a very specific climate to this area.
Terroir
Clay-limestone soils, with a coarse texture, resulting from the decomposition of the bedrock of the surrounding mountains.
In the vineyard
In traditional culture, the work in the vineyard favors the work of the soil and the preservation of the environment.
Harvest start date
October 2018
Vinification
Total de-stemming and 20% "saignée" to make Rosé wine. Vatting time : 10 to 15 days at 27-28°C. Matured for 10 to 12 months.
Varietals
Cabernet sauvignon
Carignan
Grenache noir
Syrah
Specifications
Alcohol content: 14.5 ABV

Advice

Serving
Serve it around 15°C. We suggest you to refresh it in summer.
Ageing potential
2 to 3 years, 5 years
Tasting notes
Wine with scents of violet, blackcurrant and white pepper. Supple and deliciously fruity palate. A versatile wine to serve chilled (15-16°C) for more sparkle.
Visual appearance
Vermillon red.
At the nose
Red berry and pepper aromas.
On the palate
Red berries with a lovely, well balanced tannin structure.
Food and wine pairings
Barbecues or Italian dishes.
Recipes

Reviews

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