The Luberon as home port
HISTORY AND THE TEAM
My family’s winegrowing history goes back 400 years in Chassagne Montrachet.
And mine back to 1996, the year I arrived in the Luberon. The snail – that’s me!
What better emblem for someone born in Burgundy!
With my winemaking studies under my belt, a meeting with both Ludmila and Provence, and here I am transporting my roots to the lands of the Vaucluse.
After six years of intense preparation, Domaine de La Bastide du Claux was born in 2002, from a strong desire to combine my traditional Burgundian vision as a winegrower with the innovative dynamic of a booming wine region, AOC Luberon.
Over the years, a long search has led me to isolate certain terroirs of superior quality, to define a range of wines intended to reflect the particularities of this superb region.
A Southern team
The estate’s “Swiss army knife”. In the vineyards and cellars, he has been my right-hand man since 2008. We have built up a relationship of trust, vintage after vintage. Today when I leave for Burgundy, I know that Steven will take care of things.
The soul of the estate’s vineyards. Knowing the right gestures, a perfect understanding of the plant and a wonderful positive energy make him a solid pillar to lean on.
The other Burgundian in Provence. A consultant oenologist who has supported me at each important step since 2015. Harvest dates, blends, ageing, we speak the same language when it comes to wine.
In an authentic and protected part of Provence, in the heart of the Luberon Natural Park, I cultivate a fragmented vineyard spread over fifteen hectares at the Bastide du Claux. Offering a rich combination of soils, climates and exposures, this space dictates how we work: highlighting its particularities, respecting its natural balance, being sure to make the right gesture.
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Parcelle : GALON
Surface : 0.90 ha
Altitude : 350 m
Orientation : Sud ouest
Géologie : Sables et limons sur calcaires
The Grenache Noir vines at Galon are located in a splendid setting. Not far from the village of Cucuron, they surround one of the most beautiful properties in all of the southern Luberon, a former Aix hunting lodge bordered by a remarkable listed garden and centuries-old trees. The soils are silty and deep, structured, and as at Pertuis the presence of water at depth delays ripening and requires special vigilance regarding mildew in some years. It mainly produces grapes intended to strengthen the rosés from Poudrière, with a good liveliness due to a higher altitude, and it can also give long and colourful reds that go perfectly with Malacare.
– Vintage : 2019
– Region : Rhône Valley
– Appellation : Luberon
– Colour : Rosé
– Plots : Poudrière / Galon / Malacare
– Grape varieties : 60% Grenache Noir / 25% Cinsault / 15% Syrah
– Vineyard : Organic viticulture under certification ECOCERT
– Millésime 2017
– Région Vallée du Rhône
– Appellation Luberon
– Couleur Rouge
– Parcelles Malacare / Rourabeau / Capriers
– Cépages 50% Syrah / 30% Grenache Noir / 20% Carignan
– Vigne Viticulture Biologique en cours de certification ECOCERT
Twenty years ago, I devised the division of the estate by plot, to create the cuvées that we still find today.
The rhythm of the seasons, the evolution of our environment and of land heritage, the generous and free Nature that we must learn to rely on and sometimes gives us the impression that we have to confront it, all this continues to channel my ideas about what Luberon wine is today and to influence my actions.
In all three colours, our range still consists of these same 7 original cuvées.
The concrete and lasting expression of the richness of the estate’s diverse terroirs.
All the details are in the technical sheets that you can download.