The vineyards cover a total area of 43 hectares of which 38 are planted within Côtes de Provence Designation of Origin (Appellation d'Origine Protégée aka AOP), 5 hectares are within Protected Geographical Indication (Indication Geographique Protégée aka IGP). The plots are located in the plain, west from the Massif des Maures, with a portion on a slight hillside. The area benefits from unique geographical soil combinations associating gravel shale (80%) with sandy soils due to its proximity to the salt marshes.
The Mediterranean climate, characterized by long, hot, and dry summers and by mild and rainy winters, is particularly adapted to the culture of the vine. The Mistral, a cold and dry north-west wind, also plays a preponderant and beneficial role, for its dry breath prevents the vine from possible diseases favoured by humidity.
In a constant effort to do more for the preservation of the environment, Mauvanne is in the process of obtaining the High Environmental Value certificate, thus the vineyards of the estate are cultivated in the spirit of sustainable agriculture, avoiding chemical fertilizers and herbicides.
OBTAINING THE TITLE OF CRU CLASSE
The consecration arrived in 1955 thanks to the selection by the Institut National de l'Origine et de la Qualité (National Institute of Origin and Quality) of 23 domains with noble grape varieties and winemeking techniques ensuring impeccable quality, giving the the exceptional title of Cru Classé (Classified Vintage). Today only 18 of these areas remain and continue to perpetuate their traditions and knowledge.
Château de Mauvanne has a wide range of grape variety. For the red and rosé wines, the Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Tibouren are complemented by the Carignan and Cabernet-Sauvignon grapes. For the white wine, the Rolle goes along with Ugni blanc and Clairette.
With the exception of a few recently replanted plots, the average age of our vines exceeds twenty years. Some of our Cinsault and Ugni Blanc plants are over 40 years old, the oldest being Clairette which are over 70 years old.