Château de Chausse is located on the Saint-Tropez peninsula, on the clay-schist hillsides in the villages of Gassin and La Croix-Valmer.
The 135 acre-estate includes 37.5 planted vineyard acres. The former owners purchased Château de Chausse in 1986 and at that time there were only five acres of vines. Fueled by their passion, they dedicated themselves to increasing the vineyards and building the winery, making their home on the estate.
They had a singular mission: produce high-quality whites and rosés as well as red wines that could age, combining tradition with innovation and the latest winemaking techniques. To meet this challenge, the couple hired Emmanuel Gaujal—the region’s leading oenologist.
Eight years ago the couple hired Laurence Berlemont, a young, talented local winemaker and an advocate of biodiversity. Laurence went on to produce award-winning red, white and rose wines for Chateau de Chausse, many of which found their way onto the wine lists of Michelin-starred restaurants throughout France and Monaco, including Louis XV, Arpege and the Plaza Athenee, among others.
After 30 years of ownership, the original owners decided to retire and sold the estate to Charles S. Cohen in 2016. An avid Francophile, wine lover, real-estate developer, international film producer and distributor, Cohen and his wife, Clo, had a long standing and special admiration for Provence. With their lifelong ambition to own and manage their own vineyard and produce exceptional wines, the acquisition of Chateau de Chausse was a natural fit.
Laurence Berlemont continues in the role of consulting oenologist and welcomes the challenge of producing the highest possible quality wines to fulfill the Cohens’ ambitions of excellence while expanding distribution to the best houses internationally.
Less than 1.5 miles from the Mediterranean, the estate’s hillside vineyards and clay-schist soils create an optimal environment for the vines to thrive in this sunny climate moderated by maritime influences.
The vines are unilaterally cordon trained (Cordon de Royat) with de‑budding and green harvesting implemented as needed to obtain an optimal 8-10 bunches per vine.
Treatments are used only as necessary in order to respect the vines and the environment.
Five different varieties are planted in Château de Chausse’s 37.5 acres of vineyards.
Red grapes: Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Grapes dedicated to rosé wines: Cinsault and Grenache.
White grapes: Rolle.
100% hand-harvested grapes are carefully sorted, crushed, and de‑stemmed prior to gentle pneumatic pressing.
The partially underground cellar’s modern equipment and regulated temperature facilitate total control of the vinification process.
The winery produces 70 000 bottles annually from estate-grown grapes.
Thermo-regulated, 1,150-hectoliter stainless steel tanks facilitate precise and optimal vinification.
Grapes destined for white and rosé wins are fermented at low temperatures to retain maximum aromas and flavors. The White Diamant wine is produced using the same methods as the great White Burgundies involving a specific batonnage in oak barrels performed daily by the cellar master to intensify the aromas.
Red wines are aged two years in tank and then 12 months in new oak barrels for structure and finesse. The Jewel of the Estate, the Rubis vintage, reveals all the expertise of Château de Chausse.