Domaine de La Citadelle

A family estate at the base of the village, on the northern side of the Luberon range. We tend our vines organically, make wine in full respect of the terroir, fruit and tradition and raise our wines with great care, resulting in unique wines that fully express their terroir.

601 Route de Cavaillon, D3, 84560, Ménerbes

Page updated on 15/03/2024

The Domaine supports a holistic approach to vineyard management that creates a virtuous circle between people, land and wine. Man is at the centre of this relationship between Earth, Plant and Cosmos.
Working the soil and energising the plants have a single aim: the quest for excellence.
Over the last few years, the estate has embarked on a long journey of knowledge and analysis of the vineyard and its interaction with its environment.
Resolutely Rhône-based, Domaine de la Citadelle quiver under the Mistral wind all year round. It benefits from the benevolent presence of the Luberon, which provides cool nights, making it one of the latest ripening terroirs in the Rhône Valley.
The Citadelle vineyard is made up of four major groups of terroirs, mostly sandy, chalky and moderately stony, on the northern slopes of the Luberon mountains.
Spread over 11 "lieux dits" and 74 plots, the vineyard expresses a singular style linked to its marly, sandstone, gravelly and silty soils.

On our estate, you can visit:

- The wine-making cellar, which works by gravity, and our barrel house with French oak barrlels and casks, and enjoy a tasting of our different wines.
- The Corkscrew Museum with over 1200 items from the 17th century to the present time. A unique collection that ranges from the first corkscrew in hand-forged steel to works of art in solid gold, ivory and silver.
- The Botanical Garden, on 6 terraced gardens from the 18th century. See many aromatic, medicinal and wild plants, plants that are magical and carnivorous, and see a truffle bed.

Group visits by advance reservation.

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Terroir and excellence at Domaine de la Citadelle

At the foot of the village, on the northern slopes of the Luberon massif, lies a family estate where meticulous organic vineyard management is combined with respectful vinification and demanding ageing. This gives the wines a unique expression of their terroir. The estate has been committed to organic farming since 2016 and is HVE (High Environmental Value) certified.

The estate supports a holistic approach to vineyard management, creating a virtuous circle between people, land and wine. At the centre of this relationship between Earth, Plant and Cosmos is man. Working the soil and energising the plants have a single objective: to achieve excellence.

For some years now, the estate has been working hard to understand and analyse the vineyard and its interactions with its environment. Under the constant influence of the Mistral wind, the Domaine de la Citadelle, which is resolutely Rhône-based, also benefits from the cool nights brought by the benevolent presence of the Luberon, which makes it one of the latest terroirs in the Rhône Valley.

Vines and terroir

Today, the vineyard covers 40 hectares of vines, aged between 15 and 75 years, mainly located in the commune of Ménerbes, on the northern slopes of the Luberon. Domaine de la Citadelle covers eleven lieux-dits, encompassing four terroirs and climates, and is divided into 74 parcels. These parcels, with their late ripening characteristics and altitudes of up to 300 metres, offer a mosaic of sandy marl, gravelly and silty Miocene sand, and calcareous sandstone molasse.

Each parcel requires precise, meticulous work to bring out the best expression of the terroir and the grape variety.

Wine-making

With a constant eye on quality, the vines are trellised and their yield is limited by various practices, ranging from short pruning to severe disbudding, and sometimes even green harvesting in certain years.

The cellar, set into the hillside, is gravity-fed, reducing the need for pumps and making the wine more gentle. The stainless steel vats, equipped with hydraulic presses, are thermo-regulated to ensure gentle extraction of tannins, colour and aromas. The grapes are pressed using a pneumatic membrane press.

Temperature and humidity control in the storage and ageing cellars ensures optimum conservation of the wines. With a view to listening to and paying close attention to the vines, each terroir and grape variety is vinified separately.

Five ranges of wines are produced by the estate, the fruit of several years' work and selection, highlighting the various terroirs and the team's expertise.

Cellar and shop sales

Direct sales are available for all wines. If you are visiting the Musée du Tire-Bouchon or the Botanical Garden, you can also drop into the shop. You'll find delicatessen items, tableware, cutlery and corkscrews, as well as botanical books, to name but a few.

Take advantage of your visit to the Domaine to discover :

  • Our wine-making cellar (working by gravity) and our ageing cellar (French oak barrels and foudres) as well as a tasting of our different cuvées.
  • The Corkscrew Museum, with its 1,200 items dating from the 17th century to the present day; a unique collection ranging from the 1st hand-forged steel corkscrew to a solid gold, ivory or silver objet d'art.
  • The Botanical Garden: on 5 18th-century terraces, come and admire a wide variety of aromatic, medicinal, wild edible, magical and carnivorous plants (as well as a truffle plantation).

 

Domaine de la Citadelle

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Opening times and periods

From 01/11 to 31/12/2023
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 5 pm.
Closed on Sunday.
Closed exceptionally on December 25th.

From 01/01 to 30/03/2024.
Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st.

From 31/03 to 30/10/2024, daily.

From 01/11 to 31/12/2024
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 5 pm.
Closed on Sunday.
Closed exceptionally on December 25th.

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