Coulombaud wines are produced in a beautiful hidden valley in Provence , protected and framed by mountains and dense oak forests, largely unchanged since the days of Louis the Sun King. It is said that the last wolves of the region retreated to the Coulombaud valley as encroaching civilisation drove them further into the wilderness forests . It is still easy to imagine today that Coulombaud could have offered the wolves a last refuge
At the time of the French Revolution, the tiny village, next to the vineyard, was so deeply buried in the heavily forested wilderness that Napoleon hid his family here in the dangerous days before the Siege of Toulon, which brought him fame and the title of General aged just 24. Legend has it that his three sisters danced the night away on their arrival…
Far from sources of pollution, the Coulombaud vineyard, dating from 1640, was abandoned by man and reclaimed by nature early in the 20th century . This temporary closure of the vineyard proved an unexpected blessing . The vineyard was allowed to revert to its natural state just at the point in time that farmers throughout the world discovered the power of herbicides and pesticides . The use of these toxic chemicals became commonplace in vineyards throughout the 20th century polluting the land and the products deriving from them.
Biodiversity and Purity
Coulombaud , was saved by its dormant period from the ravages of the toxic chemicals , inherent in almost all pesticides and hebicides. So when vines were replanted by new owners after the turn of the century , certified French “Vin Biologique” status (in English “Organic”) was quickly achieved. As no animal products are used in the filtration process Coulombaud wines are also suitable for vegans.
Domaine Coulombaud has not only seen the re-plantation of vines , but the new owners have also planted thousands of trees , bushes and flowering plants, with the aim of creating a uniquely biodiverse landscape offering a home to an extraordinary array of native insects, birds and animals, so often deprived by intensive farming practices of the habitat they need to preserve a balanced sustainable environment.
On a summers day the gardens and vineyards buzz with life of many kinds of insect, including positive armies of unfarmed wild bees , butterflies, ladybirds and other beneficial creatures. The fountains encourage numerous amphibians , and also some splendid bright green lizards that appears to have made Coulombaud their home.
Vineyards and Winery
In addition to taking great care to build a truly sustainable and biodiverse area within the surrounding forests and mountains a state-of-the-art winery has been built, which sits perfectly alongside the ancient buildings , beautiful walks , fountains , wells, gardens, olive groves and sculptures overlooking the three vineyards nestling within the valley. The Mistral wind also contributes as an ally from time to time by refreshing the vines with its cooling breezes.
All who work in this haven of wildlife take great care to return everything possible to the soil, composting house, garden and vineyard waste. Vineyard rows are covered with natural grasses and flowers to nurture the myriad insects and worms that live undisturbed in the soil, contributing to vine growth and health.
Coulombaud wines are all produced under the strict organic methods, systems and controls of the French Ecocert organisation, without the use of herbicides , pesticides or other toxic chemicals. No animal products are allowed in the filtration systems , so the wine is also suitable for Vegans
The ambition from the start of the revival of this ancient vineyard has been to produce superior red wines , largely based on the Syrah/ Shiraz grape, akin to the quality, character and sheer warmth of the famous wines of the northern Rhone region of France. Our ambition has been rewarded with our red wines achieving top Gold Medal ( Medaille d’Or ) awards in 2017 and 2018.
The success of the reds has led to further development of the production of barrel aged versions of both the 2017 and 2018 cuvées. Neither are as yet on sale, but early tastings suggest further progress has been made on the road to achieving the quality of the finest Syrah based wines.
Our wines are deep cherry red , but are not opaque , and reflect the warmth of the southern sun. They are very much “fruit forward” in character , with black cherry and raspberry aromas and flavours, complemented by a velvety feel and spice driven finish.
The red wines combine beautifully with red meat , game, cheeses of all kinds and spicy food
Rosé is the great wine of the Provençal summer . Now known and appreciated globally , and increasingly appreciated all year round , Provençal Rosé , as a category , seems well on its way to becoming one of the worlds favourite wines.
Coulombaud Rosé is light coloured , fresh and full of red fruit flavours. The wine is Syrah based , and with AOC certification , as opposed to the Cinsault base of so many Rosé table wines, and derived from carefully harvested hand picked and sorted grapes.
Our Rosé is given the exactly same care and attention during the vinification process as the reds, and can be ordered with a guarantee of satisfaction. It is the perfect wine to accompany lunch of almost anything on a summers day.
Coulombaud White derives from an ancient vineyard sited round the remains of an ancient Iron mine, which some speculate has Roman origins ( the Romans were very active in the Var area) .
It is doubtful if the presence of the remains of the mine have impacted on the dry, sharp Apricot taste of the White, but the refreshing quality of wine is in no doubt.
The grape used to produce the wine wine is Vermentino, a favourite grape widely grown in Italy , known as Rolle in the south of France, and by many other names elsewhere in the world.
This wine is superb with any kind of seafood .