‘When I first tried the wines of this region in my early 20s, directly north of where I was studying in Aix-en-Provence, it always struck me as the wild west of France where the wines, like the landscape, are dark and gripping. A total campfire wine, with bright vibrant fruit right upfront and a mouth-coating, leathery dry finish. A Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault blend from a rustic region of Southern France called the Luberon.’ – Christine (Founder of Guildford Green)
This region is just southeast of the Rhône, slightly cooler and very dry. Made by Sylvain Morey, the son of a famous Burgundy winemaker, this wine has both the finesse of Burgundy and the strength of the Rhône.
Locally (in France that is), this wine is served with big flavors and wild game. Wild boar stew, rustic cured meats, hearty vegetable ratatouille, and raw soft-ripened goat cheeses like Banon (a type of goat milk Brie). When cooking, use lots of Herbs de Provence (rosemary, thyme, basil, tarragon, oregano) and lean towards hearty meals – slow cooker stew, baked beans over the fire, anything that will fill you up after a long hike.
Bastide du Claux was founded by Sylvain Morey, the son of Jean-Marc Morey, a long-adored vigneron in Chassagne-Montrachet. Sylvain left Burgundy determined to find his own way, settling down south in the historical but lesser-known region of the Luberon. Bastide du Claux was born in 2002 and is located in the gorgeous hills of Provence, in the heart of the Luberon National Park. According to Sylvain, many of the growers in the region value quantity over quality and replanted vineyards so that they could produce the maximum amount of grapes possible and save money with machine harvesting. These trends made it possible for Sylvain to affordably purchase interesting, low-yielding old-vine vineyards that were no longer valued. All of the fruit for Sylvain’s wines is hand-harvested, with a rigorous selection made in the vineyards.