CHÂTEAU SAINTE ROSELINE : AN HISTORICAL PLACE IN PROVENCE
It all began around a generous water source – and we know, through the novels of Giono and Pagnol, the importance of water in Provence; its presence led a hermit named ROUBAUD to retire here in the middle of the tenth century.
Gradually, the simple oratory evolved into an abbey named CELLE-ROUBAUD. Roseline, daughter of the Marquis de Villeneuve, Lord of Les Arcs, was the Mother Prioress of the Abbey from 1300 to 1329. Being very pious and generous, she made a lasting impression on the local people, who eventually named the place after her. She was sanctified in the nineteenth century and her body now rests in a glass reliquary in the parish chapel. In the fourteenth century, under the leadership of the Bishop of Fréjus- who was to become John XXII, Pope in Avignon – the site became one of the first vineyards in Provence. From then on it has always kept a leading role as Henri de Rasque de Laval, the previous owner, was the first Chairman of the Syndicat des Vignerons du Var (Var Winemakers Union).
In 1994, Bernard Teillaud took the future of this wonderful estate into his hands with the intention to make it one of the gems of southern viticulture while turning it into an artistic destination.
The abbey was completely renovated under the leadership of architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, who was able to preserve its nobility. Bernard Teillaud asked him to redesign the interior of the Château without altering its historical features.
In 2007, Aurélie Bertin Teillaud (Bernard Teillaud’s daughter) took over management of this beautiful estate, investing as much as possible into the pursuit of quality and the search for a distinctive yet genuine personality for each of the vineyard’s wines.
Being immersed in culture (both of the mind and of the soil), this exceptional place inspires meditation and contemplation, and is an invitation to taste and conviviality around a highly refined palette of Côtes de Provence reds, rosés and whites.
THE CLOISTER AND THE PARK
The 12th-century cloister displays beautiful half-gothic, half-roman ribs. At the base of one of the pillars adorned with rosebushes still lives a Carignan vine nearly one-hundred-and-forty years-old!
A row of magnificent old plane trees leads to the park and to a large pool from which the spring water runs towards the giant roots of the surrounding redwoods. In front of the Château stand two gigantic 18th-century plane trees, as well as an oval pond surrounded by boxwood hedges
TERROIR AND VINEYARD
Based on seven centuries of vine cultivation, it can be said of Château Sainte Roseline’s terroirthat it is one of the most outstanding in Provence. Furthermore, in 1955 it was awarded the appellation “CRU CLASSE.” The clay and limestone soil as well as the underground spring make a controlled feeding of the vines possible, thus ensuring the making of great wines. Château Sainte Roseline covers an area of 108 hectares on which are grown eleven different grape varieties, being:
For the reds: Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cabernet Sauvignon.
For the rosés: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Tibouren.
For the whites: Rolle and Sémillon and Clairette