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Essentielle rouge

Essentielle rouge

I.G.P. Bouches du Rhône Carl et Sophie Mestdagh - Owner-growers

Grape variety : marselan, syrah.

Vinification : The plots are harvested in late October/early November. The grapes are destemmed without crushing before being vatted.

The alcoholic fermentation starts naturally after a few days thanks to the yeasts that are local to the estate. Tasted throughout the process, the wine is worked on (pumping, cap-punching) depending on the level of concentration of the must and the wine. The skin of the grapes is separated from the stems in a process called racking, and are pressed as soon as the first tannins appear.

At the end of the alcoholic fermentation process, the wine is aged for six months in our winery, during which time the malolactic fermentation takes place. Bottling takes place in the spring.

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  • Colour

    Garnet red with violet glints

  • Nose

    Intense red fruit: strawberry, raspberry with a few notes of spices such as liquorice and bay

  • Mouth

    Frank attack, fine roundness, voluptuous, fresh and smooth

  • Serving temperature

    14 to 15 °C


This wine is ideal for red meats, poultry, cold dishes and cold cuts.


The wine can be enjoyed young, but you can also keep it for up to at least 3 years.