The Gasquet-Pascaud family
Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren
130 acres of the 400 acre estate under vine – Sustainably farmed (lutte raisonnée). Average age of vines is 35 years-old. Granitic sand topsoil on base of gneiss. Steep slopes require manual harvest using small bins. 45 hectoliters/hectare – 35hl/ha for Légende.
The magnificent 17th century Château de Pampelonne borders the famous French Riviera beach of the same name in the commune of Ramatuelle, near Saint Tropez. The estate has been in the Gasquet-Pascaud family since 1840, when it was purchased by Gasquet ancestor André Folco, treasurer for Napoléon III. The current proprietor of this beautiful 400 acre domaine is Edgar Pascaud, and his daughter Marie directs Pampelonne’s winemaking.
Young Marie Pascaud earned a degree in Enology from the University of Montpellier and stayed on to complete a specialized Master’s degree in business. Since leaving the world of academia, Marie has worked two harvests a year, bouncing back and forth between France and the southern hemisphere. In addition to her duties as winemaker for Pampelonne, she has spent six-month stints at top estates in Chile, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.
Château de Pampelonne produces an excellent red wine and a modest amount of white wine, but it is the Côtes de Provence Rosé for which the estate is best known. In addition to the classic rosé cépages of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, Pampelonne also uses Tibouren in the blend. This ancient Greek variety, now unique to this area of France, is valued for the aromatic intensity it lends to some of Provence’s finest rosés. In 2014, to honor the estate’s founder and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the formation of Les Maîtres Vignerons de Saint Tropez, the Pascauds released 10,000 bottles of a special rosé made from a selection of 100 year-old vines on the Ramatuelle côteaux. The new cuvée is called Légende.