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    Romanin Castle

    Catégorie : Étiquette :

    Adresse

    Adresse

    Chemin Départemental 29 Route de Cavaillon

    Ville

    Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

    Code postal

    13210

    Site web

    http://www.romanin.com/

    Geolocalisation


    Description

    Dit terrein is de eigendom van Anne-Marie en Jean-Louis Charmolüe, de voormalige uitbaters van Château Montrose (tweede grote Cru geklasseerd als Saint-Estèphe), die het sinds 2006 met passie beheren. Het domein strekt zich uit over 250 hectare waarvan 58 hectare gebruikt worden voor de wijngaard met het Appelation-label “Les Baux-de-Provence”. Op deze plaats blijven de ruïnes voortbestaan van een kasteel van de orde van de Tempeliers uit de 13e eeuw. Als voormalig “Hof van de liefde” tijdens de middeleeuwen zijn de ruïnes vandaag helemaal geïntegreerd in een echt architecturaal monument. Zo werd een ondergrondse kelder gebouwd die begroeid is met vegetatie om de perfecte harmonie te vrijwaren tussen de druiventeelt en het werk in de kelder. Deze kelder werd in de rots uitgehouwen en gebaseerd op de gotische kathedralen: zuilen, kantelen en kruisbogen geven structuur aan de ruimte volgens de basisprincipes van de ontwerpers van weleer. Hier rijpt 60% rode wijn, 30% rosé en 10% witte wijn in wijnvaten (“foudres” genaamd) en –tonnen (“barriques”). Sinds de oprichting van de wijngaard in 1988, ontstaan de wijnen van Château Romanin uit een biodynamische druiventeelt. Een teeltmethode die overeenstemt met een filosofie en een geestesgesteldheid die de natuur respecteert. Zo genieten de wijnstokken een originele behandeling die rekening houdt met de aard van de grond, het ritme van de natuur en de invloed van de sterren. Dankzij een zaaikalender worden de grote natuurlijke cycli gerespecteerd en wordt er gebruik gemaakt van behandelingen op basis van slibcompost, brandnetelthee, heermoesaftreksels en verbrijzelde siliciumdioxide. Er wordt geen enkele onkruidverdelger noch chemisch product aangewend bij het bebouwen van de wijngaard. De eerste fles Château Romanin zag het levenslicht in 1990. De wijnen van Château Romanin zijn het evenbeeld van deze unieke terroir en reflecteren de invloed van de teeltwijze. Ze geven zowel uitdrukking aan een grondkarakter, door hun sterke en warme structuur en hun aromatische mineraalgehalte, als aan een luchtige aard, versterkt door hun volle smaak, delicatesse en frisheid. Doordat de terroir van Château Romanin in een dal ligt dat erg blootgesteld wordt aan de mistral, kan dit terrein met poreuze en keiachtige klei-en kalkgrond hoofd bieden aan de vochtigheid die nefast is voor deze biodynamische teeltwijze. Op Château Romanin gebeurt de oogst met de hand en wordt die opgevangen in opengewerkte kistjes van 15 tot 18 kg om te vermijden dat de druiventrossen beschadigd zouden wanneer ze te hard worden samengedrukt. Daarna worden de druiven zorgvuldig met de hand gesorteerd op een sorteertafel. De wijnkelder is uitgerust met een luchtpers, roestvrije stalen gistvaten van 150 hl en houten gistkuipen in de vorm van een afgeknotte kegel. In elke gistkuip bevindt zich een elektronisch systeem van sondes om de gisttemperatuur van de sappen te regelen en te beheersen, en om hun aromatische ontwikkeling te optimaliseren. Vaten en tonnen van eikenhout van verschillende leeftijden, maar ook kuipen van roestvrij staal en beton: roestvrij staal om de vrucht in de wijn te bewaren, bruut beton om de kwaliteit van het fruitige te verbeteren en hout om het fruitige te verhullen, om de tannine milder te maken… De assemblage vindt plaats aan het begin van de lente: degustatie, evaluatie en selectie van de wijnen, assemblage van de perceelselecties. De temperatuur blijft natuurlijk en de wijn ondergaat weinig tot geen filtratie. We eindigen deze audio-etappe met een gedicht van een beschermheer van Eygalières en omgeving, een echte félibre van Eygalières, Ludovic Souvestre: “ Oh Romanin, oh oud kasteel Tempel van de waarheid, tempel van de schoonheid, al leef je enkel voort als een herinnering Toch blijf je het symbool van een Provence in al haar pracht. Op jouw puin, oud kasteel, de eeuwige hitte en rijp tartend, het zingen nooit moe, zullen massaal de dichters komen.”


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      Alpilles

      Romanin Castle

      Catégorie : Étiquette :

      Adresse

      Adresse

      Chemin Départemental 29 Route de Cavaillon

      Ville

      Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

      Code postal

      13210

      Site web

      http://www.romanin.com/

      Geolocalisation


      Description

      This vineyard belongs to Anne-Marie and Jean-Louis Charmolüe, former owners of the Château Montrose winery with its Saint-Estèphe Second Grand Cru Classé. The Charmolües have now been devoting themselves to their passion – the Château de Romanin – since 2006. The estate covers 250 hectares, including 58 that are dedicated to vines with the ‘Les Baux-de-Provence’ appellation. The ruins of a 13th-century castle of the Knights Templar still survive on the spot. The remains, which formed a ‘court of love’ in the Middle Ages, now co-exist with a genuine architectural monument: an underground cellar, covered with soil and plants, has been constructed to ensure perfect harmony between the cultivation of the vines and the work in the cellars. This structure, which has been dug out of the rock, is designed to imitate a Gothic cathedral with columns, capitals and ribbed vaults punctuating the space in accordance with the basic measurements used by the builders of yesteryear. The wines here (60% of which are reds, 30% rosés and 10% whites) are aged in casks and barrels. Since the vineyard was established in 1988, the Château Romanin wines have been based on biodynamic methods of winegrowing, a philosophy and mindset that respects nature. The vines are treated in a novel fashion that takes into account the type of soil, the rhythms of nature and the influence of the stars. A planting calendar is used to observe the great natural cycles and to assign the treatments based on sludge compost, nettle infusions, horsetail decoctions and crushed silica. No herbicides or chemicals are used in the cultivation of the vineyard. Château Romanin’s first vintage emerged in 1990; its wines are in the image of the unique terroir and reflect the influence of the particular method of cultivation. Their strong and warm structure and aromatic minerality give expression to an earthy character; but they also have an ethereal and svelte quality thanks to their range, delicacy and freshness. Château Romanin is located in a corridor that is highly exposed to the Mistral wind, and the clay and limestone soil, which is porous and rocky, is impervious to the moisture that can be damaging to this kind of biodynamic farming. The harvest at Château Romanin is undertaken by hand, and the bunches of grapes are packed in 15 to 18 kg perforated crates so as not to damage them by squeezing them together too tightly. The grapes are then carefully hand-sorted on a collation table. The wine storehouse is equipped with a pneumatic press, 150 hl stainless steel tanks and wooden vats shaped like flattened cones. A system of electronic sensors is placed in each vat to regulate and control the fermentation temperature of the juices and to bring out their aromas to the full. As well as oak barrels and casks of all ages, there are also concrete and stainless steel vats: stainless steel to conserve the fruit, bare concrete to improve the quality of the fruitiness, and wood to coat it and round off the tannins. Blending takes place in early spring: the wines are tasted, evaluated and selected, followed by the blending of the parcel selections. The temperature remains at a natural level and the wine undergoes little or no filtration. We will finish this section of the audio recording with a poem by Ludovic Souvestre, a traditional Provençal poet or félibre from Eygalières, and a great defender of the village and its surroundings: ‘Oh Romanin, oh château of old, Temple of Truth, Temple of Beauty, though you may live only in memory, Yet you remain the symbol of a Provence in splendour. On your mass of fallen rock, château of old, the heat and the frost still pour scorn, But never tired of singing, one day in droves the poets shall come. This vineyard belongs to Anne-Marie and Jean-Louis Charmolüe, former owners of the Château Montrose winery with its Saint-Estèphe Second Grand Cru Classé. The Charmolües have now been devoting themselves to their passion – the Château de Romanin – since 2006. The estate covers 250 hectares, including 58 that are dedicated to vines with the ‘Les Baux-de-Provence’ appellation. The ruins of a 13th-century castle of the Knights Templar still survive on the spot. The remains, which formed a ‘court of love’ in the Middle Ages, now co-exist with a genuine architectural monument: an underground cellar, covered with soil and plants, has been constructed to ensure perfect harmony between the cultivation of the vines and the work in the cellars. This structure, which has been dug out of the rock, is designed to imitate a Gothic cathedral with columns, capitals and ribbed vaults punctuating the space in accordance with the basic measurements used by the builders of yesteryear. The wines here (60% of which are reds, 30% rosés and 10% whites) are aged in casks and barrels. Since the vineyard was established in 1988, the Château Romanin wines have been based on biodynamic methods of winegrowing, a philosophy and mindset that respects nature. The vines are treated in a novel fashion that takes into account the type of soil, the rhythms of nature and the influence of the stars. A planting calendar is used to observe the great natural cycles and to assign the treatments based on sludge compost, nettle infusions, horsetail decoctions and crushed silica. No herbicides or chemicals are used in the cultivation of the vineyard. Château Romanin’s first vintage emerged in 1990; its wines are in the image of the unique terroir and reflect the influence of the particular method of cultivation. Their strong and warm structure and aromatic minerality give expression to an earthy character; but they also have an ethereal and svelte quality thanks to their range, delicacy and freshness. Château Romanin is located in a corridor that is highly exposed to the Mistral wind, and the clay and limestone soil, which is porous and rocky, is impervious to the moisture that can be damaging to this kind of biodynamic farming. The harvest at Château Romanin is undertaken by hand, and the bunches of grapes are packed in 15 to 18 kg perforated crates so as not to damage them by squeezing them together too tightly. The grapes are then carefully hand-sorted on a collation table. The wine storehouse is equipped with a pneumatic press, 150 hl stainless steel tanks and wooden vats shaped like flattened cones. A system of electronic sensors is placed in each vat to regulate and control the fermentation temperature of the juices and to bring out their aromas to the full. As well as oak barrels and casks of all ages, there are also concrete and stainless steel vats: stainless steel to conserve the fruit, bare concrete to improve the quality of the fruitiness, and wood to coat it and round off the tannins. Blending takes place in early spring: the wines are tasted, evaluated and selected, followed by the blending of the parcel selections. The temperature remains at a natural level and the wine undergoes little or no filtration. We will finish this section of the audio recording with a poem by Ludovic Souvestre, a traditional Provençal poet or félibre from Eygalières, and a great defender of the village and its surroundings: ‘Oh Romanin, oh château of old, Temple of Truth, Temple of Beauty, though you may live only in memory, Yet you remain the symbol of a Provence in splendour. On your mass of fallen rock, château of old, the heat and the frost still pour scorn, But never tired of singing, one day in droves the poets shall come. This vineyard belongs to Anne-Marie and Jean-Louis Charmolüe, former owners of the Château Montrose winery with its Saint-Estèphe Second Grand Cru Classé. The Charmolües have now been devoting themselves to their passion – the Château de Romanin – since 2006. The estate covers 250 hectares, including 58 that are dedicated to vines with the ‘Les Baux-de-Provence’ appellation. The ruins of a 13th-century castle of the Knights Templar still survive on the spot. The remains, which formed a ‘court of love’ in the Middle Ages, now co-exist with a genuine architectural monument: an underground cellar, covered with soil and plants, has been constructed to ensure perfect harmony between the cultivation of the vines and the work in the cellars. This structure, which has been dug out of the rock, is designed to imitate a Gothic cathedral with columns, capitals and ribbed vaults punctuating the space in accordance with the basic measurements used by the builders of yesteryear. The wines here (60% of which are reds, 30% rosés and 10% whites) are aged in casks and barrels. Since the vineyard was established in 1988, the Château Romanin wines have been based on biodynamic methods of winegrowing, a philosophy and mindset that respects nature. The vines are treated in a novel fashion that takes into account the type of soil, the rhythms of nature and the influence of the stars. A planting calendar is used to observe the great natural cycles and to assign the treatments based on sludge compost, nettle infusions, horsetail decoctions and crushed silica. No herbicides or chemicals are used in the cultivation of the vineyard. Château Romanin’s first vintage emerged in 1990; its wines are in the image of the unique terroir and reflect the influence of the particular method of cultivation. Their strong and warm structure and aromatic minerality give expression to an earthy character; but they also have an ethereal and svelte quality thanks to their range, delicacy and freshness. Château Romanin is located in a corridor that is highly exposed to the Mistral wind, and the clay and limestone soil, which is porous and rocky, is impervious to the moisture that can be damaging to this kind of biodynamic farming. The harvest at Château Romanin is undertaken by hand, and the bunches of grapes are packed in 15 to 18 kg perforated crates so as not to damage them by squeezing them together too tightly. The grapes are then carefully hand-sorted on a collation table. The wine storehouse is equipped with a pneumatic press, 150 hl stainless steel tanks and wooden vats shaped like flattened cones. A system of electronic sensors is placed in each vat to regulate and control the fermentation temperature of the juices and to bring out their aromas to the full. As well as oak barrels and casks of all ages, there are also concrete and stainless steel vats: stainless steel to conserve the fruit, bare concrete to improve the quality of the fruitiness, and wood to coat it and round off the tannins. Blending takes place in early spring: the wines are tasted, evaluated and selected, followed by the blending of the parcel selections. The temperature remains at a natural level and the wine undergoes little or no filtration. We will finish this section of the audio recording with a poem by Ludovic Souvestre, a traditional Provençal poet or félibre from Eygalières, and a great defender of the village and its surroundings: ‘Oh Romanin, oh château of old, Temple of Truth, Temple of Beauty, though you may live only in memory, Yet you remain the symbol of a Provence in splendour. On your mass of fallen rock, château of old, the heat and the frost still pour scorn, But never tired of singing, one day in droves the poets shall come. This vineyard belongs to Anne-Marie and Jean-Louis Charmolüe, former owners of the Château Montrose winery with its Saint-Estèphe Second Grand Cru Classé. The Charmolües have now been devoting themselves to their passion – the Château de Romanin – since 2006. The estate covers 250 hectares, including 58 that are dedicated to vines with the ‘Les Baux-de-Provence’ appellation. The ruins of a 13th-century castle of the Knights Templar still survive on the spot. The remains, which formed a ‘court of love’ in the Middle Ages, now co-exist with a genuine architectural monument: an underground cellar, covered with soil and plants, has been constructed to ensure perfect harmony between the cultivation of the vines and the work in the cellars. This structure, which has been dug out of the rock, is designed to imitate a Gothic cathedral with columns, capitals and ribbed vaults punctuating the space in accordance with the basic measurements used by the builders of yesteryear. The wines here (60% of which are reds, 30% rosés and 10% whites) are aged in casks and barrels. Since the vineyard was established in 1988, the Château Romanin wines have been based on biodynamic methods of winegrowing, a philosophy and mindset that respects nature. The vines are treated in a novel fashion that takes into account the type of soil, the rhythms of nature and the influence of the stars. A planting calendar is used to observe the great natural cycles and to assign the treatments based on sludge compost, nettle infusions, horsetail decoctions and crushed silica. No herbicides or chemicals are used in the cultivation of the vineyard. Château Romanin’s first vintage emerged in 1990; its wines are in the image of the unique terroir and reflect the influence of the particular method of cultivation. Their strong and warm structure and aromatic minerality give expression to an earthy character; but they also have an ethereal and svelte quality thanks to their range, delicacy and freshness. Château Romanin is located in a corridor that is highly exposed to the Mistral wind, and the clay and limestone soil, which is porous and rocky, is impervious to the moisture that can be damaging to this kind of biodynamic farming. The harvest at Château Romanin is undertaken by hand, and the bunches of grapes are packed in 15 to 18 kg perforated crates so as not to damage them by squeezing them together too tightly. The grapes are then carefully hand-sorted on a collation table. The wine storehouse is equipped with a pneumatic press, 150 hl stainless steel tanks and wooden vats shaped like flattened cones. A system of electronic sensors is placed in each vat to regulate and control the fermentation temperature of the juices and to bring out their aromas to the full. As well as oak barrels and casks of all ages, there are also concrete and stainless steel vats: stainless steel to conserve the fruit, bare concrete to improve the quality of the fruitiness, and wood to coat it and round off the tannins. Blending takes place in early spring: the wines are tasted, evaluated and selected, followed by the blending of the parcel selections. The temperature remains at a natural level and the wine undergoes little or no filtration. We will finish this section of the audio recording with a poem by Ludovic Souvestre, a traditional Provençal poet or félibre from Eygalières, and a great defender of the village and its surroundings: ‘Oh Romanin, oh château of old, Temple of Truth, Temple of Beauty, though you may live only in memory, Yet you remain the symbol of a Provence in splendour. On your mass of fallen rock, château of old, the heat and the frost still pour scorn, But never tired of singing, one day in droves the poets shall come. This vineyard belongs to Anne-Marie and Jean-Louis Charmolüe, former owners of the Château Montrose winery with its Saint-Estèphe Second Grand Cru Classé. The Charmolües have now been devoting themselves to their passion – the Château de Romanin – since 2006. The estate covers 250 hectares, including 58 that are dedicated to vines with the ‘Les Baux-de-Provence’ appellation. The ruins of a 13th-century castle of the Knights Templar still survive on the spot. The remains, which formed a ‘court of love’ in the Middle Ages, now co-exist with a genuine architectural monument: an underground cellar, covered with soil and plants, has been constructed to ensure perfect harmony between the cultivation of the vines and the work in the cellars. This structure, which has been dug out of the rock, is designed to imitate a Gothic cathedral with columns, capitals and ribbed vaults punctuating the space in accordance with the basic measurements used by the builders of yesteryear. The wines here (60% of which are reds, 30% rosés and 10% whites) are aged in casks and barrels. Since the vineyard was established in 1988, the Château Romanin wines have been based on biodynamic methods of winegrowing, a philosophy and mindset that respects nature. The vines are treated in a novel fashion that takes into account the type of soil, the rhythms of nature and the influence of the stars. A planting calendar is used to observe the great natural cycles and to assign the treatments based on sludge compost, nettle infusions, horsetail decoctions and crushed silica. No herbicides or chemicals are used in the cultivation of the vineyard. Château Romanin’s first vintage emerged in 1990; its wines are in the image of the unique terroir and reflect the influence of the particular method of cultivation. Their strong and warm structure and aromatic minerality give expression to an earthy character; but they also have an ethereal and svelte quality thanks to their range, delicacy and freshness. Château Romanin is located in a corridor that is highly exposed to the Mistral wind, and the clay and limestone soil, which is porous and rocky, is impervious to the moisture that can be damaging to this kind of biodynamic farming. The harvest at Château Romanin is undertaken by hand, and the bunches of grapes are packed in 15 to 18 kg perforated crates so as not to damage them by squeezing them together too tightly. The grapes are then carefully hand-sorted on a collation table. The wine storehouse is equipped with a pneumatic press, 150 hl stainless steel tanks and wooden vats shaped like flattened cones. A system of electronic sensors is placed in each vat to regulate and control the fermentation temperature of the juices and to bring out their aromas to the full. As well as oak barrels and casks of all ages, there are also concrete and stainless steel vats: stainless steel to conserve the fruit, bare concrete to improve the quality of the fruitiness, and wood to coat it and round off the tannins. Blending takes place in early spring: the wines are tasted, evaluated and selected, followed by the blending of the parcel selections. The temperature remains at a natural level and the wine undergoes little or no filtration. We will finish this section of the audio recording with a poem by Ludovic Souvestre, a traditional Provençal poet or félibre from Eygalières, and a great defender of the village and its surroundings: ‘Oh Romanin, oh château of old, Temple of Truth, Temple of Beauty, though you may live only in memory, Yet you remain the symbol of a Provence in splendour. On your mass of fallen rock, château of old, the heat and the frost still pour scorn, But never tired of singing, one day in droves the poets shall come. This vineyard belongs to Anne-Marie and Jean-Louis Charmolüe, former owners of the Château Montrose winery with its Saint-Estèphe Second Grand Cru Classé. The Charmolües have now been devoting themselves to their passion – the Château de Romanin – since 2006. The estate covers 250 hectares, including 58 that are dedicated to vines with the ‘Les Baux-de-Provence’ appellation. The ruins of a 13th-century castle of the Knights Templar still survive on the spot. The remains, which formed a ‘court of love’ in the Middle Ages, now co-exist with a genuine architectural monument: an underground cellar, covered with soil and plants, has been constructed to ensure perfect harmony between the cultivation of the vines and the work in the cellars. This structure, which has been dug out of the rock, is designed to imitate a Gothic cathedral with columns, capitals and ribbed vaults punctuating the space in accordance with the basic measurements used by the builders of yesteryear. The wines here (60% of which are reds, 30% rosés and 10% whites) are aged in casks and barrels. Since the vineyard was established in 1988, the Château Romanin wines have been based on biodynamic methods of winegrowing, a philosophy and mindset that respects nature. The vines are treated in a novel fashion that takes into account the type of soil, the rhythms of nature and the influence of the stars. A planting calendar is used to observe the great natural cycles and to assign the treatments based on sludge compost, nettle infusions, horsetail decoctions and crushed silica. No herbicides or chemicals are used in the cultivation of the vineyard. Château Romanin’s first vintage emerged in 1990; its wines are in the image of the unique terroir and reflect the influence of the particular method of cultivation. Their strong and warm structure and aromatic minerality give expression to an earthy character; but they also have an ethereal and svelte quality thanks to their range, delicacy and freshness. Château Romanin is located in a corridor that is highly exposed to the Mistral wind, and the clay and limestone soil, which is porous and rocky, is impervious to the moisture that can be damaging to this kind of biodynamic farming. The harvest at Château Romanin is undertaken by hand, and the bunches of grapes are packed in 15 to 18 kg perforated crates so as not to damage them by squeezing them together too tightly. The grapes are then carefully hand-sorted on a collation table. The wine storehouse is equipped with a pneumatic press, 150 hl stainless steel tanks and wooden vats shaped like flattened cones. A system of electronic sensors is placed in each vat to regulate and control the fermentation temperature of the juices and to bring out their aromas to the full. As well as oak barrels and casks of all ages, there are also concrete and stainless steel vats: stainless steel to conserve the fruit, bare concrete to improve the quality of the fruitiness, and wood to coat it and round off the tannins. Blending takes place in early spring: the wines are tasted, evaluated and selected, followed by the blending of the parcel selections. The temperature remains at a natural level and the wine undergoes little or no filtration. We will finish this section of the audio recording with a poem by Ludovic Souvestre, a traditional Provençal poet or félibre from Eygalières, and a great defender of the village and its surroundings: ‘Oh Romanin, oh château of old, Temple of Truth, Temple of Beauty, though you may live only in memory, Yet you remain the symbol of a Provence in splendour. On your mass of fallen rock, château of old, the heat and the frost still pour scorn, But never tired of singing, one day in droves the poets shall come. This vineyard belongs to Anne-Marie and Jean-Louis Charmolüe, former owners of the Château Montrose winery with its Saint-Estèphe Second Grand Cru Classé. The Charmolües have now been devoting themselves to their passion – the Château de Romanin – since 2006. The estate covers 250 hectares, including 58 that are dedicated to vines with the ‘Les Baux-de-Provence’ appellation. The ruins of a 13th-century castle of the Knights Templar still survive on the spot. The remains, which formed a ‘court of love’ in the Middle Ages, now co-exist with a genuine architectural monument: an underground cellar, covered with soil and plants, has been constructed to ensure perfect harmony between the cultivation of the vines and the work in the cellars. This structure, which has been dug out of the rock, is designed to imitate a Gothic cathedral with columns, capitals and ribbed vaults punctuating the space in accordance with the basic measurements used by the builders of yesteryear. The wines here (60% of which are reds, 30% rosés and 10% whites) are aged in casks and barrels. Since the vineyard was established in 1988, the Château Romanin wines have been based on biodynamic methods of winegrowing, a philosophy and mindset that respects nature. The vines are treated in a novel fashion that takes into account the type of soil, the rhythms of nature and the influence of the stars. A planting calendar is used to observe the great natural cycles and to assign the treatments based on sludge compost, nettle infusions, horsetail decoctions and crushed silica. No herbicides or chemicals are used in the cultivation of the vineyard. Château Romanin’s first vintage emerged in 1990; its wines are in the image of the unique terroir and reflect the influence of the particular method of cultivation. Their strong and warm structure and aromatic minerality give expression to an earthy character; but they also have an ethereal and svelte quality thanks to their range, delicacy and freshness. Château Romanin is located in a corridor that is highly exposed to the Mistral wind, and the clay and limestone soil, which is porous and rocky, is impervious to the moisture that can be damaging to this kind of biodynamic farming. The harvest at Château Romanin is undertaken by hand, and the bunches of grapes are packed in 15 to 18 kg perforated crates so as not to damage them by squeezing them together too tightly. The grapes are then carefully hand-sorted on a collation table. The wine storehouse is equipped with a pneumatic press, 150 hl stainless steel tanks and wooden vats shaped like flattened cones. A system of electronic sensors is placed in each vat to regulate and control the fermentation temperature of the juices and to bring out their aromas to the full. As well as oak barrels and casks of all ages, there are also concrete and stainless steel vats: stainless steel to conserve the fruit, bare concrete to improve the quality of the fruitiness, and wood to coat it and round off the tannins. Blending takes place in early spring: the wines are tasted, evaluated and selected, followed by the blending of the parcel selections. The temperature remains at a natural level and the wine undergoes little or no filtration. We will finish this section of the audio recording with a poem by Ludovic Souvestre, a traditional Provençal poet or félibre from Eygalières, and a great defender of the village and its surroundings: ‘Oh Romanin, oh château of old, Temple of Truth, Temple of Beauty, though you may live only in memory, Yet you remain the symbol of a Provence in splendour. On your mass of fallen rock, château of old, the heat and the frost still pour scorn, But never tired of singing, one day in droves the poets shall come. This vineyard belongs to Anne-Marie and Jean-Louis Charmolüe, former owners of the Château Montrose winery with its Saint-Estèphe Second Grand Cru Classé. The Charmolües have now been devoting themselves to their passion – the Château de Romanin – since 2006. The estate covers 250 hectares, including 58 that are dedicated to vines with the ‘Les Baux-de-Provence’ appellation. The ruins of a 13th-century castle of the Knights Templar still survive on the spot. The remains, which formed a ‘court of love’ in the Middle Ages, now co-exist with a genuine architectural monument: an underground cellar, covered with soil and plants, has been constructed to ensure perfect harmony between the cultivation of the vines and the work in the cellars. This structure, which has been dug out of the rock, is designed to imitate a Gothic cathedral with columns, capitals and ribbed vaults punctuating the space in accordance with the basic measurements used by the builders of yesteryear. The wines here (60% of which are reds, 30% rosés and 10% whites) are aged in casks and barrels. Since the vineyard was established in 1988, the Château Romanin wines have been based on biodynamic methods of winegrowing, a philosophy and mindset that respects nature. The vines are treated in a novel fashion that takes into account the type of soil, the rhythms of nature and the influence of the stars. A planting calendar is used to observe the great natural cycles and to assign the treatments based on sludge compost, nettle infusions, horsetail decoctions and crushed silica. No herbicides or chemicals are used in the cultivation of the vineyard. Château Romanin’s first vintage emerged in 1990; its wines are in the image of the unique terroir and reflect the influence of the particular method of cultivation. Their strong and warm structure and aromatic minerality give expression to an earthy character; but they also have an ethereal and svelte quality thanks to their range, delicacy and freshness. Château Romanin is located in a corridor that is highly exposed to the Mistral wind, and the clay and limestone soil, which is porous and rocky, is impervious to the moisture that can be damaging to this kind of biodynamic farming. The harvest at Château Romanin is undertaken by hand, and the bunches of grapes are packed in 15 to 18 kg perforated crates so as not to damage them by squeezing them together too tightly. The grapes are then carefully hand-sorted on a collation table. The wine storehouse is equipped with a pneumatic press, 150 hl stainless steel tanks and wooden vats shaped like flattened cones. A system of electronic sensors is placed in each vat to regulate and control the fermentation temperature of the juices and to bring out their aromas to the full. As well as oak barrels and casks of all ages, there are also concrete and stainless steel vats: stainless steel to conserve the fruit, bare concrete to improve the quality of the fruitiness, and wood to coat it and round off the tannins. Blending takes place in early spring: the wines are tasted, evaluated and selected, followed by the blending of the parcel selections. The temperature remains at a natural level and the wine undergoes little or no filtration. We will finish this section of the audio recording with a poem by Ludovic Souvestre, a traditional Provençal poet or félibre from Eygalières, and a great defender of the village and its surroundings: ‘Oh Romanin, oh château of old, Temple of Truth, Temple of Beauty, though you may live only in memory, Yet you remain the symbol of a Provence in splendour. On your mass of fallen rock, château of old, the heat and the frost still pour scorn, But never tired of singing, one day in droves the poets shall come.


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