The vineyards overlook the valley, facing the sea, covering terraces upon terraces up to 300 metres altitude, on slopes forming a vast amphitheatre, sheltered from the mistral. The high altitude of the vineyards means cool nights and slow ripening of the grapes. The Château de Pibarnon vineyard is planted on very old and highly calcareous, Triassic ground. This limestone enhances the bouquet in the wine. It also allows the extraction of very fine and elegant tannins. Moreover it is this which causes the freshness and minerality, giving an exemplary type and flavour. Château de Pibarnon focuses on 12 main plots, all located at the summit of the estate including Bel Air, Jourdan, Pointes-Blanches and le Cirque
The icy winter had little effect on the vines. The winter ended with a dry month in March. The months of April and May provided the necessary rainfall that the grapes need in order to thrive. In July and August, the nights were very cool (sometimes 15°C early in the morning). The fermentation was followed by a very long maceration (about 3 weeks) before running off. The wine was then aged in oak for 20 months.
2012 is a vintage revealing firmness as well as great elegance. It has less powerful tannins than in 2011 - these are distinguished by their velvety texture and finesse. This wine seems to offer juicy fruits from the first sip, it then reveals unexpected depths and lengths with subtle spicy and minty notes.