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Estelle's Newsletter 3

In these winter times, vine shoots are now bare and the pruning season has begun.

Matinée de décembreau château Beauchêne
On the cellar side, whites and rosé 2018 were bottled. This year, the whites, harvested earlier, have a nice balance of freshness and acidity, with a predominance of elegant floral aromas. The Viognier continues its ageing in barrels, it will be bottled in the first quarter of 2019. We find again, in the cuvée 2018, its distinctive aromas of yellow fruits (peaches, apricot), fresh flowers and dried fruits giving it this amazing subtlety of a dry white wine combining body and mellow..
This year, the Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc is aged in barrels. The delicate aromas of Clairette and Grenache Blanc blend with the wood and bring complex mouthwatering and very promising notes. For the reds, the ageing continues, in barrels and demi-muids for Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Premier Terroir and in vats for our Côtes-du-Rhône. The 2018 vintage, with a very satisfactory volume, seduces with its oenological qualities..
On the vine side, Château Beauchêne has just been certified High Environmental Value: it is an official certification recognized by the Government that validates the efforts put in place in terms of biodiversity, management of the estate and environmental performance. All the work done for several years has been rewarded here: the beehives around the vineyards, the wealth of biodiversity on the estate, the management of the vineyard in terms of crop protection (minimum use of phytosanitary products), but also and especially in protecting the surrounding flora and fauna have been analyzed, checked and certified to reach the highest level. The future of the estate lies in the excellence of the wines produced and raised, but also in this environmental excellence.
See you all very soon.
Estelle Bernard