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Our soils - poor & dry

Cailloux sainte lucie

The estate's soils are comprised of a form of gravel known as 'graves', limestone marl and clay, and are only suitable for the cultivation of vines. With these specific soil characteristics, the yield regulates itself naturally from year to year. A 12-metre-deep soil profile was recently taken (by cutting into the earth) to enable us to gain a better understanding of our terroir which lies on the highest parcel of the Domaine Sainte Lucie. Six different strata were observed:

  • A layer of topsoil which is rich in organic matter,
  • A layer of pink clay,
  • A layer of grey clay,
  • A layer of sandstone,
  • A layer of grey sand,
  • A deep layer of fossilised marine sediment.


The reconstitution of our terroir is on show at the estate as well as stones featuring fragments of dinosaur bones and eggs.

'Bramefan' – A terroir weeping of hunger...

The name 'Bramefan', meaning 'to weep of hunger' in Provençal dialect, was given to this area as little grew here due to its poor quality, dry soils. These very characteristics today make the area well-suited to growing wines of quality. The parcels adjacent to the Domaine Sainte Lucie were little exploited in the past.

With the Domaine des Diables, it is balance which is sought, since the soil features a perfect balance of clay, silt and sand, which is ideal for producing full-flavoured and highly aromatic rosés. River-rolled pebbles can also be found proving that this vineyard was once home to a river bed, in contrast to the Domaine Sainte Lucie where the stones in the soil derive from scree from the Mont Sainte-Victoire.


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