Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rouge
Grenache, Syrah, Carignan – IGP Coteaux de Béziers
Bijou rouge is medium-bodied on the palate, combining intensity with finesse and smooth tannins. Cherry, redcurrant and notes of the garrigue flavours lead to a lingering liquorice finish.
The Legend of Sophie Valrose
Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose is named after a lady who worked in the Languedoc vineyards during the late 19th century and became something of a local hero. At the time, it was largely women who worked in the vineyards; pruning and harvesting the vines. Sadly these women were often mistreated, over-worked and under-paid. Sophie fought for women’s rights and drastically improved working conditions for her fellow women in the vineyard in which she worked. Bijou is a tribute to her memory and we share her story on the back of every bottle sold. Our red is made from grapes sourced from handpicked bush vines, alike those that Sophie would’ve harvested herself many years ago.
Viticulture and Vinification
Carefully selected parcels are de-stemmed and gently crushed on arrival at the winery. Fermentation in stainless steel vats carried out between 20-25°C with micro-oxygenation and daily pumping over in order to extract the optimum amount of tannins and flavour. The varietals are vinified separately before being carefully blended together. The wine is released at least 6 months following vintage.