Château de la Coulerette is a property owned by the Brechet family outside the sea-side, Provençal village of La Londe-les-Maures. […]Keep Reading
Château de la Coulerette is a property owned by the Brechet family outside the sea-side, Provençal village of La Londe-les-Maures. This estate was acquired by Gabriel Meffre in 1969 and passed to his daughter Sylvette Brechet in 1990 as part of her inheritance – one which also included Château de Vaudieu in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Domaine des Bosquets in Gigondas. Coulerette is managed by Sylvette’s son, Laurent Brechet with assistance from Philippe Cambie.
Château de la Coulerette encompasses 60 hectares of vineyards with 35 of them located in the sub-zone of La Londe so the estate makes both Côtes de Provence, and Côtes de Provence La Londe appellation wines. The distinct microclimate of La Londe is what drew Gabriel Meffre to this village well over 40 years ago. Gentle, southerly and ocean-facing slopes of sandy clay soils mixed with schist, quartzite and iron oxides, and over 3000 hours of sunlight with nearly constant thermal winds allows Laurent to harvest fruit that is fully ripe while retaining plenty of acidity. Rather unique in this part of Provence, over 70% of the grapes grown at Château de la Coulerette are Grenache, most in excess of 30 years old. The remainder of the vines include Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Rolle and Ugni Blanc.