Château Cavalier's prestige blend obtains the coveted "Notre Dame des Anges" denomination.
Clément Brun, the property’s Technical Director, reflects on the acquisition of the newly created Additional Geographic Designation.
Grand Cavalier, Château Cavalier’s prestige blend, is made to measure, from plots selected from 10 hectares of vines. The 2019 vintage is the first to be released under the new Additional Geographic Designation (DCG) “Notre Dame des Anges”, included as part of the new specifications approved for the Côtes de Provence appellation. “Notre Dame des Anges” is a reference to the highest point of the Massif des Maures, which is visible throughout the zone covered by the DCG. “Notre Dame des Anges” is one of the five additional designations which form part of the Côtes de Provence AOC, alongside avec Sainte-Victoire, Fréjus, La Londe and Pierrefeu.
According to Clément Brun, Château Cavalier’s Technical Director: “The new Additional Geographic Designation corresponds to a unique geographic area, which is the result of a long dried-up ancient sea, positioned between the Massif des Maures and the limestone massif that covers the north of the Var. Without the influence of the sea, the days are warmer and the nights are colder, with much less humidity overall. This significant variation in temperature allows the plants to breathe, providing ideal conditions for photosynthesis. It is unsurprising that the Notre Dame des Anges zone offers the earliest ripeness in the whole of the Var.”
The creation of the new DCG is in keeping with a strategy aiming for greater recognition of the quality of wines from the Côtes de Provence appellation.
“The creation process represents 15 years of work, and 2019 is the first vintage to reap the benefits. The approved specifications impose greater restrictions than the rest of the appellation, involving a selection of the property's best plots, reduced yields and limited grape varieties. The Notre Dame des Anges project is the result of collaboration between a number of winemakers. Regular tastings enable us to verify the quality of the wines involved, and to follow the evolution of their identity.”
The Grand Cavalier terroir is rich and unique. On its numerous slopes, the property’s soils offer outstanding variety: from the south facing clay gravel to the drier and better ventilated sandy-clay soils. Château Cavalier’s prestige blend is a true gourmet rosé, with a well-defined organoleptic profile: pale and clear in colour, a powerful, explosive and complex nose, full of aromatic elegance and finesse.