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Château MontPlaisir

Wines, Producer, Producer Bio in Valréas
  • Château Montplaisir is a wine property located in the south of France, in the heart of Provence, in the exceptional terroir of Vinsobres, at 500 m altitude. The estate was created by Benoît Chaignon, who develops a range of organic certified red, white and rosé wines in appellations Cru Vinsobres and Côtes du Rhône Village Valréas.

  • Chateau MontPlaisir produces a range of reds, whites and roses wines which combine finesse and character. They are organic certified.
    Its winery is brand new. It is located in Valreas, near Chateau MontPlaisir, a charming chateau offering romantic stays in nicely renovated chambres d'hotes.

    Six million years ago, when the Mediterranean had withdrawn completely, the river Aygues, a mountain torrent, had dragged down from the Alpes the rocks which now constitute the conglomerate of the...
    Chateau MontPlaisir produces a range of reds, whites and roses wines which combine finesse and character. They are organic certified.
    Its winery is brand new. It is located in Valreas, near Chateau MontPlaisir, a charming chateau offering romantic stays in nicely renovated chambres d'hotes.

    Six million years ago, when the Mediterranean had withdrawn completely, the river Aygues, a mountain torrent, had dragged down from the Alpes the rocks which now constitute the conglomerate of the plateau of Vinsobres. This is a hilly terrain, situated north of Mont Ventoux, in the heart of the Miocene sedimentary basin of Valréas. It rises 500 meters above sea level and represents very rocky hilltops. The ground is mainly covered with galets roulés, with marl giving the land the red and brown colors.
    At 500 meters altitude, on the plateau of Vinsobres, the pebbles absorb the heat during the day and warm at night the old vines of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, thus contributing to their perfect ripening. The soil is well-drained, which requires the vines to develop deep roots to draw resources from deep below the surface of the ground. The Mistral, which often blows strongly, dries the soil and also protects the vines from fungal diseases during their long period of growth.

    The land plots of Château MontPlaisir each have their own identity. A parcel planted in 1945 with Grenache and Carignan grown in espaliers to accommodate for steep slopes, another one planted with syrah in the fifties dominating the top of a hill, a third one of Grenache and Mourvèdre, oriented north-west, surrounded by a forest and thus less susceptible to the burning of the sun. There are also the plots with whites, Viognier and Marsanne, which grow more comfortably in sandy soils. All these terroirs represent the wealth of Château MontPlaisir by bringing depth to the grape varieties and transmitting their personality to the wines: complex and homogeneous wines, composed of the specific identities of each of the plots.

    The grape varieties
    The cultivation of vines in the region Vinsobres is introduced by the Greeks. The Romans perpetuated this tradition and the Roman legions stationed in Vaison-la-Romaine, used to spent their vacations in Vinsobrium.

    Based on the identity and reputation of its red wines, the Vinsobres area was recognized as a cru appellation in 2006.

    The wines are made primarily from Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. They are concentrated, with good olfactory capacity. The young wines possess a nose marked by fruity notes (fresh fruits), evolving later towards fragrant nuances of fruits confits, brandy, spices (pepper) and aromas. The aging brings notes of vanilla, toast and smoke.

    White varieties are mostly composed of Viognier, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne and Picpoul.
  • Environment
    • Mountain view
    • Town outskirts
    • Village 2 km away
    • On a farm or small holding
    • View over the vineyards
  • Spoken languages
    • English
    • French
Services
  • Activities
    • Product tasting
    • Aperitif at the wine grower
  • Equipment
    • Shelter for bikes/mountain bikes
    • Toilets
    • Reception room
    • Car park
    • Meeting room
    • Coach parking
    • Private parking
    • Charging stations for electric vehicles
  • Services
    • Sales on site
    • Coach access
    • Accommodation
    • Room hire
    • Themed tour
    • Shop
    • Wi-fi
    • Tourist routes
    • Tourist brochures
    • Restaurant
    • Tour free of charge
    • Guided tours
    • Takeaway/cooked dishes
    • International export
    • Online shop
Rates
Payment methods
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Rates
    Vinsobres PDO: from €15 to €30
    Côtes du Rhône villages: from €9 to €29
Openings
  • All year
  • Monday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Le dimanche sur rendez-vous. Sur rendez-vous de novembre à mars.
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