Côtes du Luberon Wine
In 1978, when Jean-Pierre Margan began farming his 'Château La Canorgue' vineyard bio-dynamically, he was regarded as something of a crank by his more traditional neighbours in the hill village of Bonnieux. In February this year, there were over a thousand exhibitors at the 'Millésime Bio' organic wine fair at the Parc des Expositions in Montpellier including Jean-Pierre's daughter Nathalie. Whilst we are delighted by the number of wine-makers now electing to farm organically, we are proud to be working with one of the pioneers.
Today the Margans' vine-holdings extend over 40 hectares benefitting from great light levels, a long ripening season, subterranean aquifers and high elevation on the Montagne du Luberon. This gives them a great advantage in conquering two of the biggest challenges for Provençal wine-makers: heat and drought. Cool nights and a state-of-the art, thermo-regulated winery enable Jean-Pierre and Nathalie to produce first class white and rosé wines as well as climatically less-challenging red. Their Château La Canorgue blanc is made from a blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Marsanne and Roussanne and has floral and citrus aromas and a yellow stone-fruit palate offset by refreshing acidity. The coral-pink rosé is an amalgam of Southern staples Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre and has ripe cranberry and strawberry scents and flavours with a crisp, zesty finish. Completing the line-up is a lovely briary red blended from 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache noir and 10% old-vine Carignan. It has wild herb and garrigue scents and a pitchy dark fruit palate supported by peppery tannins.