Passionate about sustainable development, Yann Pineau, the owner of Château de l’Escarelle since 2014, fell in love with Coteaux Varois en Provence, a setting surrounded by wilderness with the scents of thyme, rosemary and lavender. The property’s 100 hectares of vines flourish in a beautiful protected green set-ting of 1,000 hectares. The vines are planted on soil consisting of limestone peb-bles, on terraces separated by dry-stone walls at an altitude of up to 500 metres, harmoniously following the shape of Escarelle’s hills and montagne de la Loube. This variation in altitude contributes to the terroir’s special character, enabling the vinification of very expressive wines, thereby defining Escarelle’s unique, sophisticated signature.
A Commitment to the Environment
Owner Yann Pineau, a wholehearted supporter of sustainable development, has launched several initiatives including the conversion of the entire estate to organic production. Furthermore, the estate was awarded HVE certification (France’s most stringent environmental certification scheme, level 3) in 2016.
Creation of the “Butterfly Garden”
Created with the Itancia Endowment Fund and the LPO (a French nature conservation & bird protection charity), the Butterfly Garden’s aim is to showcase and preserve the estate’s biodiversity and raise public awareness of wildlife conservation issues.
REVIEWS & SCORES:
“Pale pink. Although not massively expressive on the nose, this wine has powerfully intense fruit. Vibrant raspberries, cranberries and lingonberries behind barely ripe apricots and pears, with mouthwatering acidity and mineral core. A seriously delicious rosé, which combines fruity delicacy with extremely well-balanced, crisp and zingy acidity and structure. Organic.”
Drinking window: 2021-2023.
Score: 92 Pts.
– Elizabeth Gabay, MW, decanter.com, August 6, 2021.