A BLESSED SOIL
Provence's rosé wines are acclaimed worldwide, but its very-varied winegrowing terroirs are far less well-known. The Côtes-de-Provence appellation alone spans six major areas stretching from East to West.
Château de Berne is located on the "Haut-Pays" terroir, comprising chalky hills and valleys. This little-known and secretive inland area of Provence yields well-structured red wines and delicate whites and rosés.
UNIQUE GEOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
The estate comprises two separate entities in terms of geology and altitude. The heart of the Château de Berne vineyard in Provence, where 80 % of the vines are planted, is set on a chalky plateau at an altitude of 300 metres. Its cool nights and wide-ranging daytime temperatures allow the grapes to mature at a slower pace and instils them with their characteristic delicacy and fresh aromas.
Vines thrive on this chalky soil, which efficiently drains rainwater and allows their roots to dig deep for the precious moisture they need. This particular terroir also lends the wines their delightful mineral flavour, procuring ample delicacy, salinity and zest.
The remaining 20 % of vines are planted around the Château on light, sandy soil, producing richly flavourful wines.
Combined with an excellent variety of grapes, this geological diversity offers our winemakers the blending possibilities they need to curate the estate's fine wines.
The estate's 432 acres of vines were awarded the Organic (AB) label in February 2021, marking Château de Berne's commitment to protecting our very-generous soil and the men and women who work here.
Château de Berne also boasts the highest rating (level 3) of the High Environmental Value (HVE) certification, awarded several years ago. This strict standard was introduced as part of France's environmental policy and encompasses economic, ecological and social aspects of agriculture.
Our wines are forged in respect of nature and mankind, to express this very special soil to perfection.
Alexis Cornu, Oenologist
"Between the overly-woody wines of the Nineties and today's dictatorship of fruit, we believe there's a way to create elegant and gastronomic rosés", confides Alexis Cornu. "The wood shouldn't weigh the wine down, it should give it more volume and complexity. It should also offer optimal conditions for ageing."
A Visionary Oenologist
Among the estate's recent innovations, Alexis took an active part in elaborating Château de Berne's new rosé wine. A small portion of the blend was fermented in hand-picked wooden casks and aged for several months: a new winemaking method that required a few upstream changes, in particular the choice of plots used for the blend and a longer maceration period (when the grape juices are in contact with the skins). Alexis' commitment has borne fruit: today's high-end, gastronomic Provence rosé is a true keeper.