Gentle pneumatic pressing. Cold maceration (to attain classic Provence pale pink color) and fermentation in temperature-controlled cement cuves. The wine is moved to temp-controlled stainless steel cuves to preserve freshness. It remains sur lie for brief 90-day élevage in stainless steel to add texture. Final assemblage is made after racking.
|Chateau Saint-Honore is located in the seaside Cotes de Provence sub-appellation of La Londe between Hyeres and the Saint-Tropez Peninsula. The estate’s 160 acres of vines thrive on forested slopes amid oaks, pines and mimosa overlooking the Mediterranean’s Îles d’Or: Porquerolles, Port Cros, Le Bagaud and Le Levant. Schist and sand soils containing a significant amount of quartz dominate the Maures-Esterel coastal range. La Londe’s unique terroir, delimited from the larger, diverse Cotes de Provence appellation in 2008, yields high-toned roses with floral aromas, red fruit flavors and long, minerally finish.
Chateau Saint-Honore is owned by the Fabre family, vignerons in Provence since 1928. The descendants of founder Henri Fabre are also the proprietors of Chateau de l’Aumerade in Pierrefeu and Chateau de la Clapiere in Hyeres, two of the eighteen estates elevated to Cru Classe status in the 1955 classification. Like the two Cru Classe wines, Saint-Honore is packaged in an elegant proprietary bottle based on a design by maitre verrier Emile Gale. The Fabre’s custom Marie-Christine bottle was launched commercially in 1950 and along with Domaine Ott’s distinct vessel, inspired the classic flute a corset now recognized as Provence’s signature bottle.