In a selection of red and rosés Provence wines published in February 2017 by the ‘Revue des Vins de France’, Terrasses de la Courtade was given 15/20 for the Red 2015 with the following comment: “Notes of garrigue liven up this dense red wine that requires two years of keeping to mature”. The La Courtade rosé 2016 vintage was also selected and obtained 15/20 with the following mention: “Juicy and spicy, this rosé is essentially dominated by Mourvèdre and is proud of its Provençal character”.
La Courtade White 2016 is a more confidential vintage produced at the Domain. It won the Gold medal at the Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2017. This wine is the result of the best plots of old Rolle stocks that have been carefully selected and reserved. Alcoholic fermentation is for part carried out in 400 litre casks followed by maturing on fine lees for 6 months.
Boasting a golden colour, its sharp nose yielding fresh fruits and white flowers reveal a pleasant roundness that is enhanced by the natural freshness of grapes grown on the island schist, sprinkled with notes of toast.
With its mild climate, the island of Porquerolles is often the first vineyard in Provence to start the grape harvest. Grape picking started on August 18th for the 2016 vintage with some lightly under-matured Grenache so as to confer tension and freshness to the Domaine’s wines, in particular for the rosés. This was followed by riper Grenache, Syrah, Rolle, Sémillon and Mourvèdre varietals. The fruit are abundant and brimming with juice as they have benefited from a dry summer and morning dew. Their quality holds the promise of an excellent vintage.