The Chateau des Chaberts sits on a area known for making wine since the roman times. Vineyards make 30 hectares of a total of 250 hectares with garrigue, olive trees , truffle oak trees . Soil is : Stones , chalky clay . The Chateau des chaberts situation, on the foothills of the Loube mountains range, makes for a microclimate that serves the wine : The Mistral wind that regurlarly blows in the region, is less harsh here than in other parts of the area .
Betty Ann Cundall has been investing both with new machinery and with replanting . Grape varieties here in the Coteaux Varois Appellation are different from the Cotes de Provence . Maximum authorized yield is 50 hectoliters/hectare . In fact at Chaberts, it is most of the time something like 35 ho/ha .The Domaine has some Mourvedre vineyards, wich is rare in the region .
Harvest is 1st week of september to end of october (Mourvedre the latest) . Several cuvees for each wine colour . Chaberts also makes Blanc de Blanc, a sparkling white , and also a sparkling rose . The store also shows magnum and Mathusalem bottles , wax sealed for special occasions .
Her wine is sold to wine stores, cavistes, good restaurants and exported (including of course in the UK)
So, let's taste :
__1__ Chateau des Chaberts Coteaux Varois white "cuvee prestige" 2002 . Aromatic . fresh . Good length . 7 Euro .
__2__ Chateau des Chaberts Coteaux Varois Rose "Cuvee Prestige" 2003 . Clear salmon colour . refreshing . Delicate and floral . litchees , says B. This one had ** in the Hachette guide .
__3__ Chateau des Chaberts coteaux varois red "Cuvee Prestige" 2001 Syrah , Grenache , Cabernet Sauvignon & Mourvedre . Supple tannins . Red fruits aromas . Can age 6 to 10 years .
The cuvee prestige wines are priced 7 and 7,5 Euro .
The "Cuvee Bacchus" cost 5,5 Euro (white, rose and red) The sparkling Blanc de Blanc is 8 Euro .
SCI Domaine des Chaberts
Tel: (33) 494 04 92 05; Fax: (33) 494 04 00 97