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Domaine De La Croix

Côtes de Provence - Cru Classé

Domaine de La Croix produces high-quality Côtes de Provence Cru Classé wines raised in the soils of the Saint-Tropez peninsula. The property covers 445 acres, including 150 acres of vines, facing the Mediterranean Sea from Gassin to Ramatuelle. The domaine was established in 1882, and the nearby village of La Croix Valmer was named after it. The Bolloré group purchased the domaine in 2001 and has since been restructuring it to recover the excellence of this terroir, which was singled out as an exceptional, classified growth area in 1955.

Authentic quality: The winemaking process from the vine to the cellar is highly controlled to keep the grapes in perfect condition. Grape varieties have been selected based on soil studies, and the uniqueness of the terroir has attracted great names like renowned winemaker Michel Rolland, who serves as consultant.

Respect for the environment: To preserve this splendid site – a natural habitat for mimosa trees, maritime pines, and eucalyptus – Domaine de La Croix uses traditional methods for sustainable wine growing: maintenance of the grounds by ploughs, organic fertilization, and preservation of the groves to limit erosion.

Unique terroir: Thanks to its special climate with maritime air, the domaine’s vines are varied, and are typical of the Côtes de Provence region. Plots with surface soils composed of friable schist with weak water reserves are planted in black Grenache or Cinsault. Deeper, stony ground is perfect for Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre, and Tibouren, whose quality is enhanced by maritime influences. Freshest soils are reserved for white grapes: Rolle, Sémillon, Clairette, and white Ugni.

A promising future: Improvements made in this decade – new plantings with strong densities, trellising, and short cane pruning – assure high quality and concentrated wines. A new underground cellar is also being build, providing up-to-date equipment, a tasting room, and a wine shop. Oenologist Michel Rolland is present at the time of planting and harvest, closely following the vinification process and validating the assemblage of various blends. He recognizes the uniqueness and exceptional quality of the wines produced by the Domaine de La Croix.

La Croix Valmer, Saint-Tropez Peninsula
Seaside vineyards, low hills, sand and schist soil
http://www.domainedelacroix.com

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