Famille Sumeire L’Orange Blanc
3 in stock
Region: Champagne, France
Grape varieties: 100% Ugni Blanc
Famille Sumeire L’Orange Blanc is made of macerated Ugni Blanc. Floral and white pepper spiciness. Tangerine, dried apricot, salinity, and subtle tannins.
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3 in stock
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About Famille Sumeire L’Orange Blanc
Famille Sumeire L’Orange Blanc is made of macerated Ugni Blanc (aka Trebbiano) for 3 weeks. Floral and white pepper spiciness. Tangerine, dried apricot, salinity, and subtle tannins.
About Famille Sumeire
The wines of Provence include three appellations: Côtes de Provence, Coteaux D’Aix En Provence, and Coteaux Varois En Provence. The Provençal vineyard reunites 200 kilometers of dazzling and sun-drenched vines that spread over three departments in the South of France: the Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, and part of the Alpes-Maritimes.
Here, the beauty of the landscape is unique. One of the most remarkable sites is the Sainte Victoire mountain. Located on the east side of Aix en Provence, Sainte Victoire became well known around the world with Cezanne paintings and with Jacqueline de Romilly, the renowned Hellenist settling there. She lived by Sainte Victoire for many years and she wonderfully detected the beauty of the site through her Greek prism. (Read her book Sur Les Chemins de Sainte Victoire, Editor Julliard 1987). Since The Bronze Age, the mountain has been occupied and the Gauls built numerous oppida which stake out the headlands. (Oppidum of Saint Antonin). In The Middle Ages, priories were built and St Victoire became a place of prayers and pilgrimages (Prieuré de Saint Victoire). Today, for scientists around the world, Sainte Victoire is a very important place for paleontology with its dinosaurs’ eggs.
The climate in Provence is ideal for the grapes. Sunny, dry, and warm. The grapevines can expect about 2,800 hours of sunshine each year and very low rain (only 600-900 ml per year). The winds -particularly the dry one called Mistral which comes from the North- cool down the vineyards and protect the vineyards from humidity-related illnesses. The quaternary geology is characterized by limestone and stony soils, red and ocher ground is perfect for the vineyards to grow. Initiated by the Clergy and monastery (Abbaye du Thoronet and Saint Honorat), the large noble family and the bourgeoisie took over the vineyards in Modern history.
To discover and meet the Sumeire family is a wonderful opportunity. Since the 18th century, the Sumeire family -old merchants- has been settled in the little city of Trets, about 15 minutes from Aix en Provence, in front of Sainte Victoire. Today, Olivier Sumeire, his wife Annabelle, and his sister Sophie run the family business. The Sumeire vineyards group together three Chateaux: Chateau Coussin, the Sumeire family’s and ancestors’ birthplace which is located in Trets. Chateau Coussin vineyard is considered to be one of the first to have been planted in France. Set among exceptional vineyards with magnificent views of the Sainte Victoire, Chateau Coussin is also the head office of the family business and the center of operations. Chateau l’Afrique is situated in Cuers, in the Var in Pierrefeu area. This domain is an old property that has existed since Roman times. Then, there is Chateau Maupague – where Olivier and Annabelle have decided to settle. The Chateau is located just outside Puyloubier, a little village at an altitude of 350 meters surrounded by vineyards that spread over the sunny foothills of Sainte Victoire. Here, in Maupague, in an exceptional natural setting, the family lives in a very charming typical Bastide. They have decided to enjoy a truly beautiful Provençal lifestyle linking past and present.