History of Château Mentone 's vineyards

Appellation Côtes de Provence

Located Saint-Antonin-du-Var, next to Dracénie, Château Mentone is one of the oldest vineyards of the Côtes de Provence appellation , and one of the three AOP in the Var region. The 170-hectare estate spreads between the villages of Saint-Antonin-du-Var and Entrecasteaux. 32 hectares are devoted to vineyards. Our range of grape varieties (7 out of the 11 used in the appellation) enables us to produce Côtes de Provence in three colours: rosé, white and red.

Château Mentone 's whole vineyard is cultivated and vinified according to the standards required for the organic certification, the AB label, issued by the organic certification organization, ECOCERT.

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The establishment's history

The origins of Château Mentone ’s vineyards created by the Perrot de Gasquet family date back to the 1840s.

Late 2003, Marie-Pierre Caille took over Château Mentone , one of the oldest estates of the Côtes de Provence appellation. She immediately set about restoring the vines and modernizing winemaking production to implement standards of excellence, while maintaining as many of the historical plots as possible. Today, the average age of Mentone’s vines is 30 years old: some Clairette vines are over 50 years old while some Carignan vines are over 80 years old.

In our desire to restore soil quality and biodiversity after years of conventional wine growing (one of the highest users of pesticides in France), between 2008 and 2012, Marie-Pierre Caille converted the estate to biodynamic production.

Today, production is limited to average yields of 35hl/ha, which enables the grapes to mature fully to create the perfect expression of this healthy natural historical terroir.

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Organic wine-growing and vinification – Natural products and practices

In 2008, the Château Mentone estate began conversion to organic wine growing , involving practically zero chemical interference. The same principles were adopted for vinification: 
fermentation is carried out with natural yeasts present in the grapes, without the addition of yeast; wine making additives are also prohibited and doses of sulfur dioxide are reduced to an absolute minimum.

Due to total commitment every minute of the day, on 22 May 2012, the estate obtained AB certification .

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Terroir and grape varieties

Château Mentone ’s 32 hectares of vineyard have an exceptional terroir and climate that are favourable to late maturation in grapes, bringing finesse and elegance to white and rosé wines, and power and balance to reds.

The vineyard grows 7 grape varieties (out of 11 authorized by the Côtes de Provence appellation): Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rolle and Clairette. The terroir  has a permeable pebble and clay-limestone base while the climate is continental.

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