More about Betty-Estelle
I am Macabeu and one of a handful of varieties hoping for adoption in Katie’s vineyards.
I have been bred to make enormous amounts of grapes. My big, golden bunches were the pride of the area in the seventies when a fortified, sweet wine called Rivesaltes was so à la mode that my owners were known as ‘americains’. But as Rivesaltes fell from its podium so did I. Most of my macabeu friends are long gone, ripped up and replaced by younger more profitable vines. You can imagine how grateful I am to Katie for saving me and my friends in this tiny vineyard called Le Colombier. So many people tried to warn Katie not to take us on, that we weren’t capable of producing low yields and serious wines. I’m so glad she didn’t listen to them! You can be sure that we are listening to her every instruction – low yields, small bunches, low yields, small bunches …. I think we’re doing OK! Susy Atkins thinks so too because she said that she was in love with our wine! And then she went on and on making all Katie’s hard work so worth while:
‘It’s one of those wines that you can go back to again and again and you will get more and more out of it. Pears with a slight tang of lime, orchard fruit – apple and pears, melon and a bit of honey. Lovely texture and quite full with a succulent end. A great wine!’
Katie has put us into a range called Vineyard Collection which I think is a very smart idea as I am on the label!
A votre santé! xx