Château de Pampelonne
Jean-Antoine Falcon, an ancestor of the Gasquet family, was born in 1772 and worked for the French government treasury during the Napoleonic era. In Saint-Tropez, he married Marie-Madeleine Cauvin, heiress of an old local family who brought him land in Pampelonne as a dowry where he built a villa. The estate is located just a mile from the Saint-Tropez area’s spectacular Mediterranean beaches.
Jean-Antoine’s eldest son, Adrien, transformed it to its current magnificent form as the Château de Pampelonne. In 1920, after the First World War, the Gasquet family planted the first vines on two hectares. Today, the vineyard covers 50 hectares. In 2014, a new generation in the person of Marie Pascaud continued the tradition and took charge of the family farm. Marie holds a degree in oenology and vast winemaking experience from working in Chile, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia, as well as with her father on the family estate.
The Château de Pampelonne vineyard is located entirely in the Côtes de Provence AOP (Protected Designation of Origin) area. It enjoys mild temperatures all year round and exceptional sunshine.
Situated in close proximity to the Mediterranean, the terroir consists of 80% sandy soils and a maritime-influenced climate, which favors the concentration of the fruit at the time of maturation. A wide variety of grape varieties include some which are more than a century old. The harvest, half of which is done by hand, is carried out at night to preserve the primary aromas of the grapes. After a maceration of two to three weeks, red wines are aged in wood. Rosé and white wines are aged for at least four months on fine lees before being filtered and bottled.
The Château de Pampelonne vineyard is certified HVE (High Environmental Value). This guarantees that the impact of our agricultural practices on the environment (soil, water, air, landscape) is reduced to a minimum.