Type: White Wine
Country: France
Region: Rhône Valley
Code: SANN001
An elegant and refreshing organic wine - the perfect example of 'finesse' that can be achieved within the Luberon AOP

Chateau de Sannes

The Sannes vineyard flourishes in the heart of the spectacular Luberon Regional Nature Park, which is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a region ideal for organic crops. Certified ECOCERT organic agriculture since 2020, the vineyard has planted 33 hectares of Grenache Noir, Syrah, Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, and Ugni Blanc. Sannes has 35 of its 70 hectares dedicated to vines as well as its French garden along with its fragrances - a symbolic feature of the Domaine. It all began with the building of Sannes Castle - a simple pavilion erected by Jean de Thibaud de Tisati, advisor to the king in in 1603. By 1661 his son, Melchior, transformed the pavilion into a seigneurial manor house. In 1709 Antoine de Saqui became lord of Sannes and presided over the expansion of the castle and the entry of the estate into the era of modern agronomy. By 1960 The Sannes estate became fully established in its wine-growing vocation and in 2017 Pierre Gattaz acquired the estate and led the conversion of the vineyard to organic cultivation. Everything they do incorporates an understanding of and respect for the balance between vines, plants, trees, soil and the environment. Chateau de Sannes profess this has created harmony in their terroir and allows for a full expression in its wines. In their gardens, fields and vines, they promote biodiversity and plants’ natural defences. They apply biodynamic principles whereby they treat the separate soil with natural mixtures adapted to the plants’ needs, applying them according to weather conditions and the moon phases. Vines are grown at 300 to 400 metres above sea level and the cool nights of Luberon allow them to rest and rehydrate - meaning their grapes retain their freshness and purity of fruit. Through their efforts, they have become at rhythm with their landscape and are an exceptional organic producer.
Bright lemon in colour, with a citrus hit on the nose of lemon and orange zest. On drinking there are notes of white peach, grapefruit and blood orange as well as pronounced minerality.
Drink with Shellfish or a creamy cheese
Chateau de Sannes boast rich soil with rocky scree and clay producing robust and well-structured wines; its marl and molasse stones add roundness; and its ‘safre’ soils create elegant wines that reveal a wonderful complexity. Luberon’s Mediterranean climate, with a few alpine influences, bestows an exceptional amount of sunshine and a mistral wind that naturally cleanses their vines. Direct pressing is utilised as well as cold setting which enables grape skins to be in contact with the juice before any alcohol is formed, anthocyanin extraction is enhanced, as is the extraction of aroma and flavour compounds, improving the overall quality. Fermentation occurs in heat-treated stainless steel tanks.

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