Françoise Dutheil

Château Saint-Anne, Provence

The Château Saint-Anne is located in the Bandol appellation, facing north and east, allowing Françoise and her son to be some of last to harvest Mourvèdre. They have been working the vineyard naturally since the beginning, being one of the founders of the french Natural Wine Association (AVN). 

The Bandol appellation asks for a minimum of 18 months ageing in wood, but the family prefers to let the wine complete the malolactic fermentation, explaining why the wines are that rich and fresh.

Location Provence, France
Appellations AOC Bandol, AOC Côtes de Provence
Size 17 hectares
Soils Clay and limestone slopes
Varieties cultivated Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault
Annual production 40,000 bottles
Age of vines 50 years old on average
Farming/Winemaking Organic farmed, natural winemaking, no additives or chemicals, natural fermentation
Certification None