21 Oct Château de Pampelonne

Château de Pampelonne

Côtes de Provence

pampelonne_labelThe magnificent 19th century Château de Pampelonne borders the famous French Riviera beach of the same name in the commune of Ramatuelle. The estate has been in the Gasquet-Pascaud family since 1797 when Gasquet ancestor Jean-Antoine Falcon, Payeur Général under Napoléon Boneparte during France’s First Italian Campaign, married Saint Tropez heiress Marie-Madeleine Cauvin. The current proprietor of this beautiful 400 acre domaine is Edgar Pascaud, and his daughter Marie directs Pampelonne’s winemaking.

Marie Pascaud earned her degree in Enology from the University of Montpellier and stayed on to complete a specialized Master’s degree in business. After leaving the world of academia, Marie worked two harvests a year for five vintages, bouncing back and forth between France and the southern hemisphere. In addition to her duties as winemaker for Pampelonne, she spent six-month stints at top estates in Chile, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Château de Pampelonne produces an excellent red wine and a modest amount of white wine, but it is the Côtes de Provence Rosé for which the estate is best known. In addition to the classic rosé cépages of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, Pampelonne also uses Tibouren in the blend. This ancient Greek variety, now unique to this area of France, is valued for the aromatic intensity it lends to some of Provence’s finest rosés. In 2014, to honor the estate’s founder and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the formation of Les Maîtres Vignerons de Saint Tropez, the Pascauds released 10,000 bottles of a special rosé made from a selection of 100 year-old vines on the Ramatuelle côteaux. The new cuvée is called Légende.

DOMAINE FACTS

Vines: 130 acres of the 400 acre estate under vine – Sustainably farmed (lutte raisonnée)
Average age of vines is 35 years-old.
Wines: Côtes de Provence Rosé – 40% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 20% Syrah and 10% Tibouren
Côtes de Provence Rosé Légende – 60% Grenache, 40% Cinsault (100 year-old vines)
Côtes de Provence Rouge – Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault
Côtes de Provence Blanc – Rolle and Ugni Blanc
Note: Pampelonne Blanc and Rouge not currently imported to the U.S.
Soil: Granitic sand topsoil on base of gneiss
Harvest: Steep slopes require manual harvest using small bins
Yields: 45 hectoliters/hectare – 35hl/ha for Légende
Vinification & Elevage: All fruit is destemmed. The rosé is a made entirely from direct pneumatic press juice. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. No malo-lactic. The wine remains on its fine lees for 5 months in temp-controlled inox tanks before being filtered with kieselghur (powdery diatomaceous earth) and bottled at the end of February. Cuvée Légende remains on its lees until mid-March and is bottled in April.
Annual Production:
240,000 bottles / 20,000 cases