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 : SAINT-JEAN
Commune : Cabrières d’Aigues
Surface : 1.40 ha
Altitude : 400 m
Orientation : Sud
Géologie : Agilo-calcaire caillouteux sur calcaires
Located at the foot of the Mourre Nègre, in the commune of Cabrières d’Aigues, Saint Jean is the plot with the highest potential for quality in the estate. Gravelly clay-limestone soils perfectly suited to the vine, a gentle slope facing south and first-rate plant material. This original mass selection gives small bunches with an incomparable sugar-acid balance that are the delight of L’Orientale and add subtle and gently spice touches to Le Claux.
In these very beautiful terroirs, I decided to plant Cinsault in 2019, a grape variety wrongly considered to be of lesser quality but which, in my opinion, has all the qualities to produce a great red wine of the future, when it is planted in good terroirs: high sugar content, high acidity and potential for fine tannins. Something for the future, to work on the finesse of our wines as temperatures continue to rise.
– Vintage : 2016
– Region : Rhône Valley
– Appellation : Luberon
– Colour : Red
– Plots : Le Claux / Saint Jean
– Grape varieties : 50% Syrah / 50% Grenache Noir
– Vinyeard : ECOCERT Organic viticulture certification in progress
– Millésime 2016
– Région Vallée du Rhône
– Appellation Luberon
– Couleur Rouge
– Parcelles Le Claux / Saint Jean / Capriers
– Cépages 60% Syrah / 30% Grenache Noir / 10% Mourvèdre
– 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.