Exceptional Setting …
Located near such regional splendours as the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and the Verdon Gorge, Château Sainte-Roseline stands at the heart of a park filled with centuries-old plane trees and sequoias surrounding a pond with a natural cascading spring. It is in this idyllic setting that Saint-Roseline’s grapes flourish.
Tribute to the Saintly Roseline
The site’s stunning beauty is apparent from the entrance and highlighted by vineyard plots along the road leading up to the castle. All this began in the 10th century with a copious spring that enabled a hermit named Roubaud to settle there. Over the years, an abbey was built and the pious, generous Roseline, prioress of the property from 1300 to 1329, left her mark on the local populace. Ever since, the vineyard has borne her name, in her honour.
Papal Founder and Viticultural Showpiece
The site became one of Provence’s leading vineyards in the 14th century under the influence of the Bishop of Fréjus—who would become Jean XXII, Pope of Avignon. The vineyard’s history thus stretches back seven centuries. In the late 1900s, Bernard Teillaud took the property’s reins to make it a showpiece of Meridional winemaking—as well as an important artistic venue. Celebrated architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte modernized the castle, in keeping with the site’s majesty.
Ancestral, Innovative Domaine
The Teillaud family is not only committed to maintaining the domaine’s heritage, but is focused on the future with a view to continuous improvement. Installation of a gravity-fed winemaking facility in the cellar, for example, preserves the harvest and protects it from oxidation. This technique produces clear juices for rosés and silkier tannins for reds.
Through their love of the region, winemakers are naturally inclined to work with local producers and sample local specialties. The red Cuvée La Chapelle goes exceptionally well with lamb, the 100% Rolle white is a perfect fit with Saint-Jacques carpaccio and the rosés are perfectly suited to salmon filets.
Treasure in the Cloister
Visitors who have a chance to taste wines at the castle should also be sure to take a stroll through the cloister’s arches and discover an almost 140-year old Carignan vine plant at the base of an ornate pillar of roses!