Domaine La Suffrène
took root over several generations. Several generations who have built up and then handed down a treasure shaped by nature over thousands of years. Cédric Gravier took over the family domaine in 1996, working alongside his grandfather, who knew each of the vines individually. These two generations worked together, helping one another, to the same end: to bring out the boundless qualities of this small geological gem.
Domaine La Suffrène covers 50 hectares in the Bandol AOC, which include a number of parcels with various different geological characteristics. Most of the vineyards are situated between the rudist (calcareous fossil) mountain ranges of Le Castellet: La Cadiere and the hills of Sainte-Anne du Castellet. The Bandol area is known for the excellence of its climate, with 3,000 hours of sun per year, invigorating sea air, and rainfall that rarely exceeds 650 mm in autumn and winter.
The Domaine La Suffrène vineyards, primarily made up of old vines, grow in a mainly clay-limestone soil. The bright reflection of the sun on the hillsides, the sea influence that protects the area from winter frosts, and the local land forms, create ideal conditions for “bottling the sunshine”. Here the Mourvèdre, the flagship grape of Bandol, shows its rich character. It gives structure and finesse to the rosé wines and an array of spicy and liquorice aromas to the reds. In order to balance this “expression”, it is accompanied by the traditional grape varieties of Provence: Cinsault, Grenache and Carignan.
More informations on the website Suffrène