VILLA BAULIEU - 2018-02-12

Villa Baulieu, when a volcano becomes extinct, fine wines awaken

Terroir
The domain occupies the land surrounding the only volcano in Provence. Villa Baulieu consists of 4 plots in the heart of this land, creating an exceptional vineyard covering 10 hectares.
The limestone is mixed with magmatic rock, with fossils contained in its basalt, and this endows the Baulieu wines with their distinctive and mineral character. The vineyards lie at 400m altitude, where the variances between day and night time temperatures are conducive to the creation of red and white wines with good cellar-ageing potential.

People
Michel Fabre, a third generation wine producer, has made wine in numerous wine regions in France and abroad.
For him, the terroir is key to creating a wine with a typical and distinctive character.
Stéphane Derenoncourt, the acting consultant to Villa Baulieu, develops his own more intuitive and less systematic working methods based on minerality and freshness. He quickly realized that the limestone soil would impart great finesse to the white wines. He enabled us to identify the plots that would allow us to create a deep and elegant Provençal fine wine with lovely tension.


The work in the vineyards
The vineyards are ploughed and organic manure is regularly used as plant feed. The harvesting is carried out by hand and a careful selection of the grapes is performed in the vineyards and then again, on a vibrating table in the winery.
We aim to bring out the quintessence of the terroir.

The 2015 vintage is already tasting remarkably well, but the wines can be laid down for at least another 8 years.

The following Villa Baulieu whites will be available for tasting at the show:
- Villa Baulieu White 2012: 16/20 in the Bettane & Desseauve Guide 2016
- Villa Baulieu White 2014: Coup de C'ur (favourite) 15.5/20 in the Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France (best wines in France guide) 2018
- Villa Baulieu White 2014: 16.5/20 in the Bettane & Desseauve Guide 2018
- Villa Baulieu White 2014: 91/100 from Andreas Larsson, the world's best sommelier in 2007