40 ha of vines on the north-facing slopes of the Massif du Luberon. 14 different varieties, including Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette. The Citadelle vineyards comprise 11 lieux-dits and four terroirs, and are split into 60 plots in 11 different localities. The vineyards are farmed organically, and each plot requires precise, careful work to highlight the expressiveness of the terroir. The soils are ploughed and worked all year round; horses are used in some areas. Soils and vines are dynamised. Average yield: 35 hl/ha.
Multi-level design for gravity-fed crop intake and minimal pumping. Temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats with pigeurs. Pneumatic press, air-conditioned ageing and storage cellars. Vinification: Each terroir and variety is vinified separately. Red: Grapes are destemmed, and matured on the skins for 15-30 days, with alternate punching-down and pumping-over. Aged in vats, barrels and foudres. White: Macerated on the skins, fermented at low temperature, vinified in barriques, aged on the lees. Rosé: Free-run and direct press.
Le Châtaignier (red, rosé, white) is a selection of 15-20 year old vines. Sandy-marl soils with northern exposure. Very fresh wines with red berry fruits, flowers and spices. • Les Artèmes (red, rosé, white) comes from grapes in the Les Artèmes locality (gravel-laden soils rich in limestone). The most Mediterranean of the Citadelle terroirs, it yields well-structured cellaring wines with notes of scrubland and black berry fruits. • Le Gouverneur (red, white) is a selection from the estate's finest terroirs. Mostly gravel-laden soils in the locality of Les Faysses, producing rich, deep wines with silky tannins, meant for lengthy cellaring. • Les Ultimes is a red-wine cuvée from a barrel selection, made only in great years. • Court Métrage (red, rosé, white) is from our youthful, early-ripening terroirs yielding fresh, rounded wines packed with lush fruit.