The Vineyard and its terroir
Château Vignelaure, is located both on Rians (Var department) and on Jouques (Bouches-du-Rhônes department). It covers more than 200 hectares among which 55 are vines.
The limestone clay soil mixed with stones and gravel, is located between 350 and 400 meters above sea level. It is classified in the AOC Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence appellation. The vines take advantages from a cold climate with important temperature fluctuations between day and night. During the period when grapes become mature, there is a difference of more than 20 degrees between nights and days. These particular conditions let a soft and slow development of the grapes with excellent balance and surprising freshness for a south of France terroir. These terroir conditions greatly contribute to the ageing potential of the wines, for the 3 colours.
In order to fully respect the soil and the terroir, the vineyard follows the organic standards.
Several grape varieties composed the different parcels la Grand Pièce, la Colline et Chantemerle and they are used in our 3 cuvées Château Vignelaure, Source and Page
Black grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Cinsault and Carignan. Merlot and a part of Cabernet Sauvignon is vinified in IGP Méditerranée.
White grape varieties : Vermentino, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Roussanne and Viognier. Roussanne and Viognier are not classified in the AOC Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and are vinified in IGP Méditerrannée.