Domaine de la Navicelle
Located on the north slope of ‘La Colle Noir’ massif in Le Pradet Provence, Domaine de la Navicelle is a 21 hectare estate producing wines that showcase this stunning terroir. The majority of the property has a northern exposure and thus later ripening vineyards. This results in greater acid retention and increased complexity in the mature grapes. Since 2009, the estate has farmed biodynamically, earning an organic certification in 2014 and Demeter certification in 2017. Harvests are by hand, the grapes are fermented with native yeasts exclusively, and the wines are minimally filtered.
We are proud to begin working with Domaine de la Navicelle in 2019 and commence with the 2018 vintage that was Alice Euvrard’s first vintage at the estate. Tasting with her, we learned that she values freshness but does not shy away from complexity and concentration, even in her Cotes de Provence Rosé. For the reds, she has reduced the usage of new oak to allow for a purer expression of the fruit and a livelier touch. Her whites made from rolle are exquisite, however, production is still very limited. She is experimenting with a rosé based on the rare red grape Tibouren, which leaves us very excited for the future!
A Flot Rosé, Cotes de Provence
A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Tibouren, and Syrah, A Flot (“afloat” in French) is a certified organic and biodynamic rosé that showcases Alice’s approach to winemaking. A direct press, the wine has a pale color typical of the region but does not lack for intensity. Native yeast fermentation clearly brings complexity to this wine, illuminating the thoughtfulness of the farming at Domaine de la Navicelle.