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Château Romanin is the encounter between Nature, fierce and wild, and Man who shapes it in his image. Spread over 58 hectares, located on a large red terroir of the Les Baux-de-Provence appellation, the vineyard is composed of a scree soil whose stones capture heat during the day to release it at night and take advantage of the refreshing faculty of the mistral. Protected by the scrubland, olive trees and almond trees, the vine clings to the ruins of a 13th century castle of the Templar Order with its rich historical past.Lire plus Learn more
Inspiring and amazing. Few places are able to capture the eye and absorb the being with such intensity. Between Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Eygalières, two kilometres of a white and winding path invite you to take the time to join the Château Romanin estate. Nature, raw and majestic, envelops and captivates you.
The northern slope of the Alpilles impresses with its rocky cirque which shelters 250 hectares (including 58 hectares of vineyards, 4 hectares of olive trees and 2.5 hectares of almond trees), cared for with the same care. It is
here that the vines, protected by the scrubland, olive trees and almond trees, cling to the ruins of a castle of the Templar Order dating from the 13th century and with a rich historical
The geological configuration of the estate, combined with exceptional upward currents, gives the red, white and rosé wines their depth and remarkable specificities. The stones store heat during the day, release it at night and the Mistral helps to cool the vines. These phenomena allow the wines to reach sweet maturities, ideal for a better balance between alcoholic degree and acidity.
Here again, the elements come together in respect and harmony. They operate unique phenomena that perfectly accompany wines and olive oils, fruits of the earth, the sun and the moon, and carried by the work of men.
One day in May 2006, Anne-Marie and Jean-Louis Charmolüe, regular visitors to Provence since 1955, discovered the remarkable site of Château Romanin: it was love at first sight. A strong meeting took place between Jean-Louis Charmolüe, descendant of a family that guided Château Montrose's estate towards excellence (Second Grand Cru Classé Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux) and the estate of Château Romanin, with its striking historical past; a reference to history for a link between their respective destinies.
Two places, two stories that look alike and come together.
The beginning of 2018 is still marked by the death of the visionary and great winegrower Jean-Louis Charmolüe, a man who used to say: "Great estates always have a history. "It is a fact, because since Greek to Roman times, from the Middle Ages to the present day, events, characters and poetry have travelled through Romanesque Castle, a unique place whose ruins of the Templar Castle still stand at the foot of the Alpilles.
In 2006, when they acquired Château Romanin, inhabited by an energy as strong as the one that runs through the site, Anne-Marie and Jean-Louis Charmolüe aspired to take up a double challenge: to write a new chapter in the history of the estate and produce exceptional wines. The couple then embarked on a journey that blended the precision and demands of the great estates, transcended by the hedonism of the place and the sharing of emotions. The
perfect balance is apparent for deep, generous wines and olive oils with the flavours of Provence.
Anne-Marie Charmolüe, owner and manager of Château Romanin, continues her commitment to excellence. Driven by her duty and her desire, she is committed to writing a new history in Provence.
Our vineyard and olive grove have been biodynamically managed since 1989 and we respect the techniques of agronomy by taking into consideration the plant, the soil, the water, the wind and the work of mankind in order to express the terroir as best as possible. It is the rhythm of the Earth and the Astres that we feed the vines with manure and plant-based preparations for a sustainable cultivation method, without weedkillers or chemicals. At harvest time, everything is done by hand with openwork boxes to preserve our bunches. The grapes are then carefully sorted by hand and, out of respect for the grapes, at Château Romanin, we reject the diktat of wood and condemn the standardisation of flavours. In particular, we believe that a vintage should have the opportunity to express itself fully. The passage in wood is judged (duration, size of the container, age) according to the vintages and characteristics of the wines, oak casks and barrels of all ages, but also stainless steel tanks are used: stainless steel to keep the fruit, wood to coat the fruit and round off the tannins. The fining is done with organic egg white. As the temperature remains natural, the wine undergoes little or no filtration. The new team is rebalancing the percentage between the three colours to offer 45% red, 40% rosé and 15% white wines and to favour the most noble red grape varieties: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre, Counoise. In white, Rolle, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Clairette are privileged, while Château Romanin is magnified by a cellar, a true underground cathedral. The place is amazing, combining ancestral techniques with the technicality of modern materials. In this cellar, the wines find the right setting for their maturation with total respect for the living molecules that compose them. A wine library for the storage and ageing of old vintages has been created. Under concrete arches supported by columns carved in Chapiteau, there are seven 40 to 45 hectolitre casks in which the "wines of the Château" are aged, a vegetated dome and three floors overlook this buried cellar. A superb reception room opens onto a terrace with a 360° view of the Alpilles on one side, Mont Ventoux on the other and the vineyard below: an incredible view! A true architectural monument, this underground cellar was built to ensure perfect harmony and coherence between biodynamic vine growing and cellar work.