Domaine de l’Amandine’s vineyards cover an area of 120 acres (50 hectares) over an extensive part of the southern Rhone Valley-from Vaison la Romaine, via Séguret, out to Jonquieres. The vines themselves average 40 years old and are grouped together accordingly :
¤ On the slopes and foothills beneath the beautiful village of Séguret, laid out on large terraces or « banquettes ». Here are some of our oldest vines, dating back to the 1950’s, when following one of the coldest winters on record, thousands of century-old olives trees died and were subsequently replaced with vines.
¤ On the terraces carved out of the hillside, between Vaison la Romaine and Séguret, by Jean Pierre Verdeau in the mid 1970’s. This collection of extremely difficult, stony terrain is known simply to us as « la Montagne » (the Mountain). On the highest terrace of this lot, such breathtaking views can be had over the outlying valley and towards the Mount Ventoux, it makes one realise that this is truly a place of great beauty. The terraces are planted out with Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan and in recent years are harvested and vinified seperatly giving us our new cuvée called… La Montagne !
¤ Just around the the corner from this wonderful area, towards Vaison la Romaine, lies our next prime vineyard- a 17 acres property known as « La Grange Vieille de Saint Véran » . At the heart of this property, an ancient farmhouse sits solemnly. This farmhouse where Sabine and Alex Suter resides, dates back from the 17th century and the outlying land has been cultivated since roman times. It’s not at all uncommen to find roman artefacts whilst working these vines.
This magnificent property is a wonderful mix - old vines sit side by side with indigeneous Provencal woodland-oak and pine with rosemary and thyme scrub underfoot.
¤ East of the village of Séguret, to the lower plains and right on down to the alluvial soils bordering the river l’Ouveze.
¤ The outlying vineyards surrounding the winery itself in the the Quartier Bel- Air ; the name of the quarter is the inspiration for our top of the range "Cuvée Bel-Air."
¤ 20 kilometres to the east, towards the village of Jonquieres, we farm a further 17 acres of vines destined for our delicious fruity Vins de Pays red, "Cuvée Mathilde". Here Syrah, Merlot and Caladoc grapes thrive in these loamy/alluvial soils.
This diverse pallet of soil types, terroirs, and exposition allow us to elaborate our extensive range of red, white and rosé wines.
¤ Le Grenache N
¤ La Syrah
¤ Le Mourvèdre
¤ Le Cinsault N
¤ Le Carignan
¤ Le Merlot
¤ Le Marselan
¤ Le Caladoc
¤ Le Viognier
¤ La Clairette
¤ La Marsanne
¤ La Roussanne
¤ Le Bourboulenc
At Domaine de l’Amandine, the respect of our soil, our “terroir”, our… lifeblood, is of utmost importance.
We prefer the working over of the soil over and above herbicidal treatment, allowing us to improve the soil’s microbiological properties, increasing the vines vigour and all the while, keeping down weed growth. A stronger vines means a vine that has a better “self-defense” against disease.
During the summer months, when water is scare, these working –overs are fairly superficial, ploughing at a shallow depth thereby aerating the soil and the same time creating a fine surface tilth. This “barrier” avoids the evaporation of any precious humidity the soil might contain.
Over the winter however, the ploughing is made at a greater depth, aerating the soil deeper down. Each vine is hand-pruned, selecting the buds for the following growing season, depending on the vigour required. The cut wood is then chipped and worked back into the soil, an essential form of humus.
Added to this, each year we add a quantity of composted grape pressings to our vines and the combination of the cuttings and the compost means that we require virtually no chemical fertilizers what’s so ever.
Disease management is carried out with thought. We observe each vineyard throughout the growing season for any potential illness and adapt our phyto-sanitary interventions accordingly. We take into account the grape varieties reaction to a given disease and the particularities of each vineyard.
The objective being the preservation of our growing environment.