Domaine de la Citadelle

Domaine de la Citadelle

An olive tree-lined drive welcomes you to Domaine de la Citadelle, an iconic Provence winery located in Ménerbes, in the Rhone Valley. The domaine was established in 1990 by Yves Rousset-Rouard, a celebrated film producer. The former Papal fortification that gives the winery its name keeps watch over the organically cultivated vineyards. Fifty hectares on the north face of the Luberon massif are divided into 74 parcels planted with 17 different grape varieties. Expert selection and winemaking produce extraordinary wines that are distinct expressions of predominantly sandy and chalky soils. Domaine de la Citadelle obtained an organic farming certification for the entire vineyard in 2016, and in 2019 obtained HVE certification (High Environmental Value) and began biodynamic farming with steps to conversion. Benefitting from a natural slope in the hillside on which the cellar is built, the winemaking operations are managed by gravity. Domaine de la Citadelle is home to a botanical garden and the Musée du Tire-Bouchon (corkscrew museum), which has more than 1200 corkscrews, some dating to the 1700s.

To me, the heart of Provence is the Luberon, and you won’t find a more quintessential Luberon winery than Domaine de la Citadelle. One taste of their wine and you’ll be transported there, imagining the enchanting sounds of cicadas and scent of lavender carried on the gentle breeze of the Mistral. By the time you finish the bottle you’ll be planning your visit!” — Robin

Le Châtaignier Rosé
Les Artèmes White
Les Artèmes Rosé
Les Artèmes Red

The People:
Yves Rousset-Rouard

Ménerbes, France
AOP Luberon

Land and Grape Growing:
Organic farming, certified HVE and biodynamic conversion. The 50 hectares are within four terroirs that are predominantly sandy and chalky, with marl soil, gravelly soil, loam soil and coarse sand.