Located in the heart of the Cotes de Provence region, Chateau Sainte Roseline has long seduced its visitors with its harmonious blend of natural beauty, human artistry and spectacular wines. The estate’s terroirs, used for the cultivation of grapevine for nearly one thousand years, was declared a Cru Classe in 1955. Today it produces some of the most recognized and revered red, rose and white wines of the appellation. Home to a stunning 12th century monastery dedicated to the Saint Roseline, the property is endowed with a rich religious and architectural legacy, along with a long history of winemaking. In 1994, Bernard Teillaud took over with the aim to turn the estate into a gem in the world of southern viticulture. His daughter, Aurélie Bertin Teillaud, runs the chateau since 2007, continuing the pursuit of viticultural excellence.
A Chateau Surrounded by Nature and Art
Home to a stunning natural landscape, carefully designed French-style gardens, and an ancient holy site housing the body of a revered Saint for the past 7 centuries, the Chateau Sainte Roseline has inspired many. Pope John XII first created the vineyard in the 14th century. A 140-year-old Carignan vine still rises from the base of the 12th century cloister’s graceful pillar, echoing the hundreds of years of winemaking history to be found in this region. When Bernard Teillaud purchased the estate in 1994, he made it his mission to produce world-class wines here while also showing off the property’s historical and artistic legacy. Architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte restored the ancient abbey but without altering its priceless historical features. When Aurelie Bertin Teillaud took over from her father, she did so to follow in her father’s footsteps and to continue pursuing fantastic quality and a genuine personality for each of the estate’s red, rose and white wines. Today she runs the chateau with General Manager Christophe Bernard.
Blessed with an ideal location, just a 30-minute drive from Saint Tropez, the Cannes Croisette, the Gorges du Verdon and Aux-en-Provence, this magnificent chateau is truly worth a visit. The chapel houses some beautiful works from world-famous artists, including Chagall and Giacometti.
A Cotes de Provence Cru Classe
Having provided the right conditions for seven centuries of winemaking history, the terroirs of Chateau Sainte Roseline are believed to be some of the best in the region. In 1955 the estate received the prestigious title of Cru Classe, joining the highly selective Cotes de Provence Club of Cru Classes. The club’s eighteen members are the region’s chateaux and estates that best uphold the historical title of nobility.
The Chateau Sainte Roseline estate covers 300 hectares, out of which 108 are planted with vines in clay and limestone soils. The vineyards are planted with Syrah, Mourvedre and Cabernet Sauvignon for the production of red wines and Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Tibouren for rose wines. Additionally, Rolle and Semillon are planted for the production of white wines. In the past few years, Bertin and Bernard have decided to reduce the proportion of rose wines, which now represent only 50% of the estate’s production, as compared to the 90% typical of the appellation. They did so to focus more on their red wines and guard their position in the top range.
At Chateau Sainte Roseline, winemaking know-how begins in the vineyard. The vines are densely planted to obtain optimum grape concentration. The parcels are weeded manually. Leaves are stripped to maximize sun exposure and optimize the ripening process. The grapes are harvested at night in order to better control oxidation. They are then carefully sorted, destemmed and sorted a second time.
Creativity and Craft in the Cellar
A Chateau Sainte Roseline, the 400 m² wine cellar is spread out over three layers. The space is constructed in a way that favours gravity in order to avoid the use of pumps and pipes, which can damage the fragile grapes. The winery blends traditional techniques with modern technology, exemplified by the 70 thermo-regulated vats.
In order to produce powerful, elegant and robust in color red wines, all red wines at Chateau Sainte Roseline are punched down and allowed a long maceration period of around 35 days. The Chapelle de Sainte Roseline and Cuvee Prieure wines are vinified in truncated vats made of wood. For some of their red wines, the winery uses a built-in pigeage system to submerge the cap made of skins and solids. For others, a mobile system is used.
Both the Chapelle de Sainte Roseline white and red, along with the Cuvee Prieure red, white and rose, are vinified and then also aged in oak barrels. The Chapelle de Sainte Roseline rose and Cuvee Lampe de Meduse, meanwhile, are vinified in thermo-regulated stainless-steel tanks.
Recently, the estate has invested in a nitrogen generator, which is used for vacuum preservation in both stainless-steel tanks and wooden barrels during vinification and ageing. Additionally, the chateau relies on a vacuum press and vacuum bottling-line with very precise oxygen control to help prevent oxidation, achieve the clearest robes possible and preserve the unique aromas of the wines, particularly the roses.
After fermentation comes the special craft of blending. Renowned and respected winemaker Pascal Chatonnet acts as the team’s advisor on how to produce the different personalities in the wine.
3 wines from the estate
Chateau Sainte Roseline : La Chapelle de Sainte Roseline 2014
The 2014 Chappelle cuvee from Chateau Sainte Roseline is truly an exceptional vintage, which is produced in a very limited quantity. Originating from only the best parcels planted in Mourvedre and Rolle, the 2014 Chapelle de Sainte Roseline is a rose with a pretty, clear hue. The nose exudes beautifully intense fragrances of grapefruit, exotic fruits, and even orange and lemon. Finally, the palate offers a wonderful balance between the grape’s natural acidity and its concentration. The 2014 Chapelle de Sainte Roseline rose also reveals explosive aromas and fruit from its very subtle combination of vigour and density.
Chateau Sainte Roseline : Perle de Roseline 2014
The 2014 Perle from Chateau Sainte Roseline is a rose wine that blends Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah and displays a beautiful clear pink hue. On the nose this wine is very fresh and fruity, offering fragrances of white berries, grapefruit, and candy. The palate of this Cotes de Provence rose offers a vigorous attack, with plenty of citrus flavours and some hints of spice.
Chateau Sainte Roseline : La Chapelle de Sainte Roseline 2014
The 2014 Chappelle cuvée from Chateau Sainte Roseline is a truly exceptional vintage, produced in very limited quantity. Produced from a selection of the best Mourvedre and Rolle parcels, this rose displays a shiny, clear colour. The nose reveals beautifully intense aromas of grapefruit, exotic fruits, and even orange and lemon. The palate offers delicious balance between the grape’s natural acidity and concentration. The 2014 Chapelle de Sainte Roseline rosé provides explosive aromas and fruits with a subtle combination of vigour and density.