Post-phylloxera, the vineyards here were planted with cuttings from historic estates…
for quality and clonal diversity with a focus on mourvèdre, along with cinsault and grenache. Throughout the 20th century, the grapes from this estate were sold to Domaines Ott. In 2007, it was purchased by Jacques and Caroline de Chateauvieux, who were returning with their family from the island of Réunion, beginning the revitalization of the unique history of the property and terroir.
Since 2009, the winery has been run by their daughter Laure Benoist, agricultural engineer, and her husband Vianney Benoist, agronomist and enologist. Having spent 4 years making wine with the famed Domaine Tempier team, Vianney gained valuable experience in soulful, broad-spectrum, cinematic red wines befitting of the Bandol appellation. Laure and Vianney practice organic viticulture and use biodynamic principles in their vineyard work, with all work being done by hand on the terraces. All movement in the winery is by gravity flow and wines are bottled unfiltered. Finally, after 5 years of diligent work in their vineyards, the first vintage was made in 2014 and the resulting wines already show incredible depth and terroir expression.
With their unique soil and position within Bandol in Le Plan du Castellet, Laure and Vianney are focused on making long-lived reds from the local mourvèdre as well as small amounts of elegantly structured Bandol rosé and blanc. The young, hard-working spirit behind this estate is poised to claim a place among the greats of Bandol.