Nestled in the heart of an exceptional natural environment facing the Mediterranean and the Iles d’Or, the Château des Bormettes estate has been producing wine at least as far back as the 10th century.
The red Cuvée Tradition was resurrected with the vintage year 2016 after it had disappeared from our range since 2010. This was the interval needed to fully renovate the estate – including its red winery – in order to adapt it to plot-based vinifications. With this revived cuvee, our concept is now to offer a perfect entry-level product: a simple wine, designed for pleasure and accessible to everyone in every respect. In other words, a red offering its full fruition from early youth.
For this vintage, the blend was built around the Syrah variety (80%), supplemented by Cabernet-Sauvignon (12%) and old Grenache (8%).
Varieties were vinified separately. The supplest batches of Syrah were selected from the crops of various plots – mainly hand-picked – and gently matured after very short cold settling. The Cabernet-Sauvignon variety was harvested as the very last, machine-picked with a de-stemming device. Its small grapes were then vinified with the utmost care, after a short period in oak. Grenache grapes were harvested and sorted out by hand, at very high maturity, then vinified in a stainless steel “infusion tank”. The blend itself was matured for 4 months in a large French oak barrel.
Its robe is ruby red. A charming nose tasting of griotte, blueberries and strawberries will come with airing and release nuances of soft spice. The mouth is supple, fresh and slipping, based on melted tannins and flavours of red fruit, black fruit and liquorice, with a faint touch of chocolate.
This red wine can best be appreciated when served between 14 and 18° degrees Celsius – depending on the season and the occasion – with gizzard salads under the arbour, grilled meats in the garden, pizzas while watching a sports match, snacks while hiking or for a picnic on the beach…