There are more and more Côtes de Provence Rosés coming from operations resembling the Carlsberg factory in Northampton, so it is a wonderfully uplifting experience arriving at Château St Baillon.
You are greeted with the first glimpse of the Château as you drive through woods full of morels and wild asparagus, where Obelix would be in his element.
This is where the wonderful Marie Delon continues to expand and improve on what our old friend Ervé Goudard started back in the early 1980s. She is doing an amazing job, which includes digging out huge boulders to create new vineyards in the beautiful and varied terroirs surrounding the Château.
Hand picking, no irrigation, great soils and a desire to make even better wines all adds up to make the magic wines of Château St Baillon.
The 2017 is arriving in two weeks but don’t panic, as we have stocks of the excellent 2016 which is still drinking at its peak.