Nothing is more important in winemaking than the vineyards. France is known for its boundless diversity with unique landscapes, climates and soils. The southern vineyards where La Châsse wines are born are no exception and this allows us to produce a wide range of wines of complexity and character.
Being a natural route between the Mediterranean and northern Europe, the Rhône river was used by Ancient Greeks and Romans to transport wine. They also cultivated vines along its banks. In the 14th Century, the Avignon Popes were supplied with wines by local producers. Winegrowing continued to expand rapidly until the AOC Côtes du Rhône was created in 1937.
With its long, hot and sunny growing season, tempered by the strong mistral wind, the southern Rhône Valley is suited to growing red varietals such as Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvèdre. Grenache and Syrah also make vibrant, fruity rosés and Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier fresh, dry whites.
Soils in the vineyard are rich and diverse thanks to the influence of the all-important river Rhône.
This exciting region benefits from some of the most perfect conditions for winegrowing in the World; probably the reason why wine production began as long ago as 600 BC! The hilly landscape is a beautiful, natural environment with the Mediterranean coast never far away. It offers a tremendous variety of terroirs, so that over 30 different varietals can be successfully grown. Winters are generally mild. Summers are reliably warm and dry, allowing the grapes to achieve excellent ripeness.
La Châsse winemakers select the best possible varietals, including Chardonnay, Merlot and Shiraz, that thrive in Languedoc vineyards and importantly are known by wine drinkers everywhere.