Between the 16th and 18th century, this vineyard belonged to the Marquis de Mirabeau, handed down from father to son. They were all famous politicians, and winelovers. One of them, who was blatantly unable to resist the temptations of this delicious wine, was even given the nickname of " Mirabeau-Tonneau "!
Château de Clapier has been in the Montagne family since 1880. Our ancestor Théodore Barataud purchased the estate and built the vinification place (at the very height of progressing times with de-stemming machines …) and installed big oak barrels of 240 hl. We can still see these barrels in the old cellar. They were brought by train in pieces and were then put together here.
Today Château de Clapier is owned by Thomas Montagne who has combined modern techniques and traditional know-how to provide the vines with the best growing conditions and the wines with the best ageing conditions. Each year he creates characteristic Luberon wines in the spirit of today’s independant winemakers.
The name " Clapier " corresponds to the locality, but it also comes from the Provencal word " clapas " meaning a stone heap (the soil was indeed so pebbly, that the farmers were obliged to cultivate around those heaps).
A well-balanced vineyard on magnificent " terroir "
The desirable quality of our land has been recognized for centuries - a gift of nature that we prize and uphold.
We obtain high quality grapes thanks to the southern exposure of our stony slopes, the loving attention we give to our vines (growing grass between vines for a better aeration and to slow down the production of the vine), and the restricted yields (green harvest, de-budding) we demand. We also work in a rational way of farming (minimal treatments) to obtain grapes with good quality.
Grenache and Syrah are the main grape varieties used for our red spicy wines. Cinsault is the basic grape variety of our rosé wines. Eventually, Black Pinot which is a tolerated atypical grape variety in Luberon is also used and brings elegance and original black cherry overtones in our blends.
(Note that Château de Clapier is the only wine-growing estate in Luberon authorized to use this grape variety and that until the 50th Birthday of the Appellation Luberon.)
The white wines are produced from four traditional grape varieties : Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Clairette (one of the oldest grapes in Provence), Viognier and Ugni Blanc. The cooler nights of the Luberon give some surprising aromatic white wines.
Thomas Montagne produces a range of 12 different wines which reflects the potential of the Luberon terroir, combining the power of Rhône and the sunshine of Provence.