Les vignobles partenaires Heloise’s Choice vous dévoilent le cœur de leur terroir. De la vigne à la cave, partez à la découverte des secrets de ces domaines.
Built in the 14th century, Château Monestier La Tour overlooks the village of Monestier. It is the gem of an estate stretching over more than 100 hectares, of which more than a third is devoted to vines under the appellations of Bergerac and Saussignac.
Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, a great wine lover, explored different regions in viticultural France before he fell under the spell of Monestier and its château in January 2012.
Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the co-chairman of the Chopard company, is a perfectionist who has a very special relationship with nature and time. His ambition was to build an estate which would be able to produce wines complying with his ethical convictions: this is how biodynamic cultivation became an obvious choice. The creation of a vegetable and herbal tea garden offers the possibility to produce, dry and stock all the plants to be used for the treatment of the vine. The fate of Monestier La Tour is tied to this virtuous approach which contributes over time a qualitative improvement of the terroirs through a sustainable respect of the soils and the ecosystem.
The prestige and elegance of the peninsula of Saint Tropez are expressed by the wines of Domaine de La Croix and La Bastide Blanche, a cru classé of Provence, a collection of rich savours of fruit and accurate precious balances. In 1882 the Domaine de La Croix stretches over 180 hectares including 100 hectares of vines. In 2001 the Bolloré Group acquires this estate and re-engages with the excellence of this terroir awarded in 1955 the status of cru exceptionnel of Côtes de Provence. La Bastide Blanche is a secret paradise on the Mediterranean, an immaculate beach hidden between two capes with turquoise waters, surrounded by schist cliffs. La Bastide Blanche cultivates the lifestyle of the peninsula of Saint Tropez through intimate and sublime cuvées. In the terraced vineyards on Cape Lardier, overlooking the sea and exposed to the coastal winds, the old vine stocks are feeding on the bedrock to produce the great red wine of the estate.
For more than 2,000 years the vineyard of Villa Baulieu has unfolded in the crater of the only volcano of Provence.
Over an area of eight hectares, exposed to the north east, the selected parcels overlook the Durance and face the Lubéron and Sainte Victoire. The cultivation on the fringes of the majority of the appellation allows for a real typicality, a unique signature in Provence. Production breaks down into 50% red and 50% white wines.
On a promontory overlooking the Adour valley Château de Bachen, a property owned by the Guérard family since 1983, is located. Château de Bachen, was built in 1235 and rebuilt during the 17th century. The estate is at the heart of the Tursan vineyards previously owned by Aliénor of Aquitaine. Planted in 1984, the vines started to produce in 1987, the year of the first wine by Christine and Michel Guérard. Since then the estate has been enlarged and currently stretches over 25 hectares. In 1991, the winery was redesigned by architect Jean de Gastines. Several autochthonous grape varieties are cultivated here: Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng, Baroque, Tannat, but also the two royal varieties of the Bordeaux region: Merlot and Cabernet. Château de Bachen makes two white wines: Baron de Bachen and Château de Bachen but also two red wines: Barocco and Rouge de Bachen and finally a rosé, Rosa la Rose. “The blending that I carry out together with my winemaking friends is always a magical moment. It’s extraordinary to see what one can do,” Michel Guérard.
Driven by their passion for wine and their taste for challenges, Olivia and Didier Le Calvez have signed since 2010 their own wine in one of the most illustrious regions of the Bordeaux constellation, listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, the Saint-Emilion wine region. “After two years of searching, we really fell in love with a wine estate with an ideal combination of terroir and climate, all merged with a perfect vine population, 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. All the ingredients came together to elaborate a wine as we had imagined it, rich in flavours and with a high subtlety.” This is how Château Clarisse, inspired by the first name of their daughter, was born to write a beautiful family story. The Château Clarisse estate stretches over 18 hectares on a clay-limestone and clay-siliceous soil, located on a plateau at an altitude of 89 metres. Château Clarisse has endeavoured since 2010 to deploy a more environmentally sustainable viticulture, with, more particularly, a ban on herbicides and is now engaged in an approach to switch to organic wine growing since 2016. www.chateau-clarisse.com