Alcohol Grade: 14.5%
Aging/ Vinification: Hand harvested and subjected to a rigorous sorting process upon arrival at the winery. The grapes were all de-stemmed and macerated on the skins for 18 days in order to extract colour and tannin. Fermentation took place in concrete vats. At the beginning of the fermentation, the ‘rack and return’ process was employed in order to encourage extraction, followed by gentle pumping over to avoid extraction of overly-harsh tannins. After malolactic fermentation, the wine rested in concrete tanks for 12 months before bottling.
The Winery: Via Caritatis
Located in the foothills of Mount Ventoux, the vineyards surround the Abbey and include the first papal vineyard in France which pre-dates Châteaneuf-du-Pape.
In 1309, the first papal vineyard, Via Caritatis, took root in the Southern Rhône, France, established by Pope Clement V in Mont Ventoux’s foothills. Beyond being a mere vineyard, it symbolized a charitable winemaking vision. Over 700 years later, the Benedictine Abbey of Le Barroux’s monks and nuns uphold this legacy, embracing charity’s essence through mutual service and sharing. Via Caritatis remains dedicated to excellence, environmentally responsible practices, and faithfully carrying forward its profound inherited heritage.