Château de Calavon
Located in the center of the Pays d’Aix, Château de Calavon is without a doubt the oldest winery in the village of Lambesc, which has been famous for its wines since the Middle Ages, when it was ruled by the Prince d’Orange. Today, over 50 hectares of vines are organically farmed and vinified by the Audibert family, who have been the owners and winemakers at the Château de Calavon for five generations.
The original vineyard layout has remained unchanged since the 18th century. Composed of a 50-hectare large block of vines planted on the typical clay-limestone soils, the property is surrounded by forests on all sides and is influenced by the powerful and famous Mistral winds.
The vineyard is home to an arrayof varieties: old vines of Grenache and Carignan date back to the 1930s, as well as Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cinsault for the reds, and a blend of Rolle, Clairette, Semillon, and Bourboulenc for the whites. The vineyards have been certified organic since 2013, are cultivated without irrigation, and are nearly all hand-harvested.
Unusual for the region, over 60% of the production is red wine (primarily the Château de Calavon Rouge, which has been the flagship wine of the domaine for well over a century), and such used to be the case regionally, before Provence became synonymous with rosé. Château de Calavon also produces excellent rosé, the age worthy and distinctive Château de Calavon, and a fresher, lighter Cuvée Roquerousse.
Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rouge
Unusual, for the region, Château de Calavon has made their red wine of primary focus for over a century, as their limestone terroir in Lambesc is particularly suited to red grapes, especially the very old Grenache vines which are blended with Syrah...
Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé Cuvée Roquerousse
‘Roquerousse’ is the newest cuvée from Château de Calavon, produced from a direct press of red and white grapes together to produce a light-bodied, pale, and vibrant Provençal rosé. It’s vinified and aged in stainless steel to keep the expected fre...
Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé
This emblematic rosé comes from a drastic selection of the best parcels of Calavon. The typical yearly blend is a base of Cinsault with Syrah and Grenache, which yields an elegant and remarkable rosé that goes perfectly with the typical Provençal c...