Castle Vignelaure is certainly the most famous vineyards of Provence. The castle and its vineyards nestle in the wild countryside and authentic Var hinterland, north-east of Aix-en-Provence.
Robert Parker, the famous American critic wrote in his book Wines of the Rhone Valley and Provence
"Castle Vignelaure specializes in red wine may age 15 to 20 years, produced from a blend of two great varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Vignelaure wines are the perfect representation of know- to Provence at its best "
It also states that Vignelaure is:
"One of the properties not only emblematic of Provence, but France"
The vine has been cultivated here for over 2,000 years. To the east of the vineyard, archaeologists have unearthed a winery dating from the 1st century BC, considered one of the greatest of the Roman world. It is the late 1960s that Vignelaure took its present and led by Georges Brunet (formerly owner of cru classé Château la Lagune in the Haut-Médoc) he acquired his great reputation in the world.
Vignelaure castle, "the vineyard of the sacred spring" is the crown jewel of the appellation Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence.
Located high on the hills in a stunning countryside above Aix-en-Provence, the vineyard covers more than 60 hectares planted on clay-limestone and gravel is composed of several varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault , Carignan and Merlot.
Note that the Cabernet Sauvignon, which grows here is part of the 1st planting of this grape in Provence. These vines have very low yields but produce wines very concentrated and of high quality.
The vineyard, located between 350 and 480 m, is surrounded by hills, and enjoys a special microclimate. Winters are harsh and wet spring, but hot and dry summers are followed by sunny autumn days, which gives the grapes a healthy maturity.
For more information on soils and grape varieties, check out our The Soil
Vignelaure has a cellar equipped with modern stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature.
In the basement, a remarkable network of caves allows wine to age, first in oak casks and then bottled. All the "great wines" red Vignelaure spend at least 18 months in bottle in the cellars of Château before being placed on the market. This in addition to 12 to 24 months in barrels.
The cellar houses more than 400 drums from 6 tonnelliers renamed. A third of the barrels are replaced each year and the barrels are selected with great care so that they blend perfectly with the various vintages.
In essence, this means that these wines Vignelaure guard about 4 years before you offer. Vignelaure philosophy is to produce wines that can offer their entire personality, rather than make wine sweeter and easier to drink quickly, which often have lost their potential and ability to age.
The splendid caves also contain a fascinating collection of modern art at the initiative of Georges Brunet (works of César, Arman, Buffet, and a beautiful collection of original photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson). Mette and Bengt Sundstrom, the owners, are proud to continue this tradition.