If you are touring around the Var region in search of delicious Cotes de Provence wines, be sure to stop off at the Chateau Sainte-Beatrice, a beautiful Provence vineyard located in Lorgues, some thirty kilometres north-east of Ste-Maxime.
As you enjoy sampling the chateau’s award-winning wines, you may well recognise the red and white crest on each bottle, reminiscent of that of the Principality of Monaco. Why, you might ask, would a South of France vineyard adopt the Monaco crest in such a way?
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Emblem of Monaco
The answer is simple. Until its acquisition in May of 2016 by Valerie Rouselle, who also owns the nearby Chateau Roubine, Chateau Sainte-Beatrice was owned by former Monegasque restaurateur Jean Novaretti and his wife Jacqueline. Having sold their popular Monaco bistro La Chaumière, they bought the domain in 1975 and spent the next thirty years creating and developing its vineyards. The crest not only pays tribute to their Monegasque roots – it also adds a touch of nobility to each bottle.
Noble Grape Varieties
This Provence vineyard comprises fifty hectares of mostly south-facing vineyards, many of which were planted by the Novarettis in the 1980s. Grape varieties include Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cinsault for the red and rosé wines produced, and Sémillon and Rolle for the whites.
Their award-winning wines are ambitious, elegant and aromatic. The Cuvée Vaussière rosé is a sophisticated blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah that creates a ripe wine, textured and rich, with raspberry flavours freshened by lemon acidity. The Instant B rosé is light to medium-bodied with aromas of ripe strawberries, nectarines and citrus blossom, and makes for a pleasant and refreshing drink. The Instant B red is a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah grapes, offering blackberry, cherry and spice aromas, with ripe but balanced tannins. Meanwhile, the Instant B white has an expressive nose with ripe peach and banana notes.
Sens en Provence Beauty
Also on sale in this South of France vineyard is the ‘Sens en Provence’ range of beauty products, which Valerie Rousselle created with Cecile Destaing, of the Grasse-based testing laboratory Labo Destaing. Inspired by the vines and the natural riches of Provence, namely lavender, thyme, rosemary, honey, cypress and citrus fruits, this range of skin care products include a facial serum, face and eye elixirs, body lotion, salt scrub, facial exfoliator and day and night creams.
Visiting the Vineyard
This Provence vineyard is open year-round from Tuesdays to Saturdays, but be warned, they break for lunch at 12:30! In the summer months, you can expect special evening events, such as jazz concerts that include wine-tasting, and rosé evenings held in the centre of Lorgues.
For anyone living in Monaco, a visit to this beautiful Provence vineyard, the Chateau Sainte-Beatrice, makes for a delightful day out in the countryside, and the chance to stock up on luxury wines and skincare products. It is also a fine way to pay tribute to the couple who created it all some forty-five years ago, whose hearts always remained in Monaco.