Surrounded by pine trees, the slopes, which are home to the best parcels, are planted to Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, while the plains support Cinsault and Grenache. With soils of chalky clay, small stones and gravel, the vines are sustainably farmed with organic treatments. Producing rose wines from all four varietals, Chateau Pigoudet possesses the idea climate, complete with diurnal shifts, that allows the fruit to gradually ripen, yielding refreshing and aromatic wines.
While all the excitement takes place along the coast of Provence, the more inland areas provide the wines that locals and tourists guzzle throughout the summer. The mountainous areas, where Château Pigoudet is located, produce some of the finer wines. The estate dates back to the 16th century, but was purchased in 1992 by Germans Bernhard and Elke Schmidt. It is still a family-run estate; although Bernhard has since died, two generations do all that is needed to run the estate while a team works the vineyard and winemaking side. They make their rosés using the saignee method, and ferment with natural yeast with fruit coming from 35-year-old sustainably farmed vines. This lovely rosé, a blend of grenache, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, and cinsault, is light in color, yet offers an abundance of flavor. Savory, mineral fruit notes mingle with a floral, peachy element, making it a wonderful choice for summer, or all year round!