2012 has been our toughest year yet, with all of nature’s elements seeming to have it in for our old friend vitis vinifera (the grape vine). Heavy frosts, late hail and drought in the summer combined to have a devastating impact on Provençal vineyards. Several properties near us produced no wine at all this year and may struggle again next year after quails-egg sized hailstones decimated thousands of hectares of vineyards at the end of May.
The first two vintages of Mirabeau were made from vineyards around the village of Pourcieux, near Aix-en-Provence, but this year we’ve had to cast our net further afield in search of the right quality wine for Mirabeau. The Pourcieux elements continues to make up the majority of the 2012 blend but we’ve also started working with vineyards around Flayosc (near Draguignan) which also have high altitude vineyards thus fitted the profile for Mirabeau.
In this short video, Angela describes the taste and the style of the new vintage. I think it’s our best yet.