Our vineyards streatch over the entire Luberon massif and across onto the southern slopes of the Monts du Vaucluse. They appear to cling on the hillsides, marrying the natural contours and descending all the way down to the banks of the rivers.
The vines are bordered by other traditional crops, such as cherry, olives and truffle producing trees, lavender fields and market gardening.
This colourful mosaic is punctuated by magnificent provençal villages with evocative names like Lacoste, Ménerbes, Oppède, Grambois, Bonnieux, Saignon , Mirabeau, Lauris, Sault, Joucas, Saint-Saturnin, examples of our famous Provençal Perched Villages.
We must not forget, of course, other villages famed for their unique architecture, such as Lourmarin, Cucuron, Vaugines and Ansouis.
These authentic villages are still alive today thanks to their rural economic activity, particularly cherries, olive oil and truffles, and their capacity to attract visitors looking for a protected environment, filled with natural wonders and a wide variety of true ‘terroir’ products.
Last but not least, set in the Luberon Nature Reserve, we are in the land of light and colour. Each season has its own personality and each day sky, nature and ochres harmonise differently.
The Luberon range of low mountains and hills lays in the very heart of Provence, stretching from Cavaillon in the west to Manosque in the east, over a distance of 60 kms. It is bordered in the south by the Durance River and to the north by Calavon River. Its summit is 1125m high.
When a winemaker sets foot in Luberon for the first time, he is astonished by the huge quality potential of soil.
It is a rather unique combination, a true mountain vineyard in the heart of Provence!
The explanations are rather technical but can be sum up as follow:
The vineyards are located between 160 and 450 meters of altitude.
The sudden, alternating thermal differences between night and day, as well as the slow but very complete maturing period result in grapes full of fresh fruit aromas, with a good balance, that give elegant; fruit driven, easy drinking, and more fresh than jammy wines.
There are several types of soil, resulting from rather rough and sudden geological changes over time.
* The pebbly scree in the Luberon is made of a lime-stone mix with different clays. These soils give us richer, fuller-bodied wines with mature, fruity tones.
* The safres witness the very long presence of the sea in Provence. These soils are different sands mixed with clay and they give us more supple, lighter wines with basic characteristics of fresh fruits.
*The alluviums and molasses, both marine deposits, with a large percentage of lime-stone, give full, rich, well-rounded white and red wines.
The climate is Mediterranean but strongly influenced by the altitude.
There are almost 400 days of sunshine a year…..! Seriously, though, there are officially 320 sunny days a year.
Luberon in Provence is famous for its light, which also plays a great role in the quality and richness of aromas in the wines, as it hastens the photosynthesis of their precursors in the skins (the aroma precursors, located in the skin of the grape, are cells that become aroma cells after fermentation, and thus explain the taste and perfume of the wine).
The Luberon is a curious mix of arid land and luxuriant vegetation, thanks to a vast, complex underground water network, which branches out, and surfaces unexpectedly through springs in the most arid of places. Certain vineyards/parcels of land profit from these springs, which allow them to avoid the maturing process being halted in the middle of hot summers.
The grape varieties are the keystone of the terroir’s expression of its characteristics. These varieties are astonishing in the way that they have adapted to the types of wines that today’s consumers are looking for.
* Syrah and Grenache represent 90 % of the red wine varieties used in our AOC red wines, 75 % of the total number of planted grape-varieties in the Luberon!
* Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Marselan, along with Syrah and Grenache, make up the varieties used for the red Vins de Pays.
* The planted grape-varieties, Vermentino, Grenache blanc, Ugni blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, Viognier make up the AOC white wines.
* Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc complete this list of varieties for the white Vins de Pays.
The combination of soils, varieties, orientations, altitudes, human factors... form an extraordinary mosaic of flavors and styles, which is the reason for the diversity of our wines.
Especially in our red wines we try to emphasize the fruity-fresh and full-bodied character, where the aroma of blackcurrant regularly predominates. The interaction of concentration, substance and aromas forms the basis of our various cuvées.
White wines and rosés are characterized by their balance , minerality and freshness that give them a very particular style.