Fruity Côtes du Rhône for barbecues
The result is an explosion of red and black fruits, crunchy and juicy, supported by very supple tannins and a lot of lightness on the finish: a wine of instant pleasure.
- No oak ageing
- Family owned winery
- From a great Châteauneuf-du-Pape house
Cellaring Potential: Perfect now while young.
Food Pairing: This fruit focused côtes du rhône will work well with grilled meats, chicken and veggies on the barbecue.
STORY BEHIND THIS WINE
Le Pavillon is the result of family thinking to offer a more modern wine, focused on fruit and freshness. Michel Bernard’s family has lived in Orange, a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France, since the 17th century. As tenant farmers, the Bernards profited from the social upheavals of the French Revolution, buying their first vineyard soon after the momentous event in 1794. This vineyard is still part of Château Beauchêne but today the property extends to 70 hectares, including vineyards representing three appellations, Châteauneuf du Pape, Côtes du Rhône Villages and Côtes du Rhône. All wines, however, are vinified and matured in Château Beauchêne. Michel Bernard remains in charge of winemaking, working with his wife Dominique Vergniaud and their daughter Amandine Bernard, to create and market their array of impressive wines including Le Terroir. Bernard believes that ‘the character of a vineyard results as much from the history of its terroir as from the personality of the winemakers who fashion it’. He is careful to minimise the use of pesticides saying that a vineyard must be allowed express itself without being forced. ‘Balance between the characteristics of the soil and the capacity of the grape variety, is the only way to preserve the true wealth of a vineyard through generations.’ Read More