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It is in the heart of Haute-Provence and along the mythical Durance, not far from the famous Gorges du Verdon and the Luberon massif, that since 1880 the vineyard of Château Saint-Jean-Lez-Durance has extended over 33 hectares of vines with AOP Pierrevert and IGP Haute-Provence appellation. It is here that for 5 generations, the Herbes family has been passionately cultivating its vines...Lire plus Learn more
It is in the heart of Haute-Provence and along the mythical Durance, not far from the famous Gorges du Verdon and the Luberon massif, that since 1880 the vineyard of Château Saint-Jean-Lez-Durance has extended over 33 hectares of vines with AOP Pierrevert and IGP Haute-Provence appellation. It is here, for 5 generations, that the Herbes family has been passionately cultivating its vines with southern grape varieties, giving nobility and character to the estate's vintages. Rich of many terroirs, clay-limestone or safre hillsides, gravel or silt terraces, Château Saint-Jean lez Durance offers a great diversity of wines that have made it famous. Heirs of a dynasty dedicated to this unique terroir and their property, Jean-Guillaume d'Herbès and his wife Constance left Paris and their careers - in a large industrial group for him, in haute-couture at John Galliano for her - to take over the reins of the estate in 2013.Their ambition is to offer fine and elegant wines that magnify this unique terroir of Provence, whose altitude and exceptional thermal amplitude, an unusual characteristic of the Pierrevert appellation, one of the highest AOCs in the world, which is also known as "La Perle de Haute-Provence". As the custodian of a rare historical heritage, Jean-Guillaume and Constance are committed to preserving the fruit of their ancestors' work by adopting an organic farming approach (organic certification in 2016) and "Active" organic farming (use of compost, winter planting in the vineyards, respect for the lunar calendar)
When Julius Caesar decided to reduce Massilia, the inhabitants of the city called on their neighbours the Albiques (Celto-Ligurian people) who lived in the Manosque region. In besieging them, Julius Caesar noted that this people did not consume cervoise, as elsewhere in Gaulle, but wine, and that there were many coopers. The Albiques then produced a wine made from lambrusques, wild vines (Vitis vinifera), which they called "black wine". As is often the case in France, the wine has survived the ages thanks to the clergymen who produced their mass wine. In our region, it was the Knights Templar and then the Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem who took him through the centuries. Château Saint-Jean-Lez-Durance, owned by our family since 1754, is located in Manosque in Haute-Provence, on the stony grounds so dear to poets and writers such as Magnan, Herman Hesse (an uncle), Diesbach or Jean Giono, who easily admitted a "weakness" for the wines of our estate, the oldest in the region. This property owes its creation to the somewhat crazy project of one of our ancestors who decided to domesticate the Durance River (which was nicknamed the indomitable because of its violent floods) by building dikes around the property, which was then only a simple farm. later, in 1880, my grandfather Henri d'Herbès, law professor, decided to convert the property into a fully-fledged wine estate. At that time, the low-alpine vineyards were destroyed by Phylloxera and the country was short of wine, so he decided to plant vines on abandoned hills and on the alluvial terraces around the property. He built a cellar, very modern for the time, made of Russian oak tuns and a very ingenious system of conveying the grapes by rail car and a steam-operated press. His grandson, Jean d'Herbès, driven by the desire to promote the quality of the Haute-Provence terroir, worked to create the Appellation Pierrevert and develop Château Saint Jean lez Durance Today, surrounded by our 3 children and respecting the line of independent winegrowers from whom we come, we put all our know-how into making generous, fresh and fruity wines and maturing prestigious cuvées with fine and precious aromas. After giving up our Parisian life to return to the family lands of Haute-Provence, we work with energy and passion to offer you a varied range of rosé, red and white wines, regularly rewarded in national and international competitions. we aim to expand the vineyard from 33 to 42 hectares within 5 years and, concerned to develop our terroir and our heritage, we have decided to switch to organic farming and to make the property benefit from the latest technical innovations while respecting traditions and the terroir.
Jean Giono, a famous writer and local child, wrote to Mr and Mrs Jean d'Herbès - Jean-Guillaume's grandparents - these words: "We tasted your wines with our family. You know how much I love them. I would absolutely like to offer some to all my guests[...]. I congratulate you, it's a great wine, it's the only one for which I would feel a "weakness"." Jean-Guillaume and Constance take the name of their wines from the historical heritage of Haute-Provence and the great diversity of their terroirs. Thus, the terroir of Pimayon, originally "Pic Major" in the Provençal language, refers to the high point. The "Platanes" vintage refers to the century-old trees that surround the vines that produce the wine of this vintage, while the "Quatre Reines" vintage poetically evokes the prestigious Demoiselles de Provence who grew up at the foot of the Saint-Maime rock where the vines of the vintage are also grown.