Terroir

The Luberon terroir is ideally located to produce wines
that combine the freshness of Provence
and the Rhone Valley's strength and complexity

Château de Mille is located between Bonnieux and Apt, in the heart of Provence and the Luberon Natural Park, a UNESCO-labelled biosphere. The beauty, charm and cultural uniqueness of the Luberon was wonderfully captured in Peter Mayle’s well-known novel, A year in Provence (ital for book title), which was set in Bonnieux.

The entire estate of Château de Mille covers approximately 120 hectares, of which 45 hectares are dedicated to vines.  The surrounding wild oak forests provide a harmonious counter-balance to the vineyards.  The estate starts on the northern flank of the Grand Luberon at almost 400 meters of altitude before descending to the ancient Calavon river, which sets its northern boundaries.

The terroir is exceptional.  Formed largely in the Cretaceous period, the soil enjoys an incredible mix of calcium from sea shells, sand, iron and loose granite rocks, which gives the wine its minerality and complexity.  With optimal sun exposure throughout the year, Château de Mille benefits from both the influence of the Rhône Valley and that of the high plateau of Provence. In the critical growing season of summer, hot days alternate with chilly nights. The thermal amplitude is very large – often 20 degrees Celsius of change in a single day.  This variation produces a wine full of freshness and character. The Mistral wind, moderated by the Mont Ventoux to the north, has a healthy, dry influence.  The special microclimate of the Luberon responds particularly well to organic viticulture.

 

  • The AOP Luberon red is round and fruit-forward (black currant, blackberries, raspberries). The more complex reds offer notes of pepper, combining with the typical elegance and roundness of the Luberon AOP.
  • The AOP Luberon rosé, with a colour ranging from very pale pink to bright pink, has distinct red fruit aromas such as strawberry, raspberry, gooseberry, with hints of citrus and white flowers, and great freshness.
  • The AOP Luberon white has vivacity and elegance, with aromas ranging from grapefruit to peach, and honey and toast for more complex wines matured in oak barrels.