Products of the domain : Château de Barbanau

Sophie and Didier Simonini-Cerciello are the owners of the Clos Val Bruyère and the Château Barbanau: two vineyards of the Southern Mediterranean classified in AOC Cassis and AOC Côtes de Provence. The story begins in 1900, with the acquisition of Clos Val Bruyère by Émile Bodin; The great-grandfather of Sophie Cerciello. The family continues the activity of winegrower, and in 1989 it bought the Château Barbanau to increase its production. At that time, the cellar of Château Barbanau is abandoned and all the harvests of wine are sold in cooperative. The cellars are quickly restored, and the first vintage comes out that same year. Today, the estate of Château Barbanau extends over 20 hectares, in the extreme west of the appellation Côtes de Provence. The Clos du Val Bruyère occupies more than 7 hectares on a plot classified in AOC Cassis.


Organic Côtes de Provence wines


The vineyard of Château Barbanau boasts a rich clay-limestone soil, on a vineyard on the hillsides facing the Mediterranean. The vineyard has been environmentally friendly for more than 20 years: no herbicides, no fungicides to preserve the natural balance of the plots. The winegrowers consider that the expression of the vintages is determined in the roots of the grape varieties, which draw their richness in the deepest of the soil. Château Barbanau has been awarded the Biological Agriculture label since 2008. Perched 360 meters above sea level, the vines of Château Barbanau are home to the typical grape varieties of Provence: Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Rolle. The grape varieties are vinified in red, rosé and white, the cuvées L'Instant and Et Cae Terra are the most emblematic of the estate.


White Cassis AOC


Historical plot of the Simonini-Cerciello family, Clos Val Bruyère is located in the heart of the Cassis vineyard. Reserved for a vinification in white wine, Clos Val Bruyère gives birth to two reference wines; The Clos Val Bruyère and the Kalahari. Here, the vine growers have chosen to cultivate the Ugni Blanc, Clairette, Sauvignon and Marsanne: grape varieties that offer the domain all its character.

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