Location : The appellation area is situated on the left bank of the Rhone River,
between Orange and Avignon.
Soils : The main feature is the large rounded stones or pebbles known locally as
"galets" which retain some of the intense daytime heat of the Provencal
sun and then slowly disperse it to the vines during the night. This layer of
stones is two metres deep and beneath it there is a layer of clay, through
which the vines' roots penetrate in search of water. In short, an
Climate : Mediterranean with particularly hot summers. The Mistral wind blows
away any humidity, ensuring climactic conditions very favourable to the
cultivation of vines.
H A R V E S T
All grapes are hand picked, which enables to select the best grapes. This is
a major point in the quality of our wines.
Winemaking & Ageing : After complete de-stemming, the grapes are macerated and punched down
during two to three weeks to ensure maximum extraction of tannins and
colour. Once the malolactic fermentation is completed, half of the volume
is brought up in Burgundian barrels of 228 litters, the other half is kept in
Following careful selection of the best wines in the cellar, we make a single
blend, which will be bottled at the Estate about eighteen months after the
harvest. Once the wine is in the bottle, they remain for at least four to six
months in our cellars before being shipped.