Delicious Mountain has always had a tradition of sourcing the best wines directly from the growers and producers. Since 2015, we have been visiting the vines, discovering the landscapes and shaking the hands whose hard work each year delivers the wines that complement our chalet cuisine.
This year, the reason behind our visit was to explore our favoured rosé wine: Cuvée LB Rosé. It's a wine our most regular guests know well. Four grapes: Grenache for richness, Syrah for notes of red fruit and structure, Rolle for aromas of citrus and pear and Vermentino. Unusually for a rosé, the juice is placed into an oak barrel for six months to create a taste like no other, incredibly smooth with a nice persistence.
I was excited to learn more about the people and the landscape that brought this harmony together.
My journey led me to Domaine La Rouillère, a vineyard nestled in the heart of the Saint-Tropez peninsula. Spread over sprawling acres of captivating vineyards, this enchanting estate boasts an array of grape varieties, each cultivated with meticulous care. The setting exceeded all my expectations.
Named after the river flowing through the grounds, Domaine La Rouillère was established in 1900 and has grown to its current expanse, covering 47 hectares of mature vines. These consist of seven different grape varieties, yielding nine different wines and over 450,000 bottles per year.
As I explored Domaine La Rouillère, I was struck by the profound connection between the vineyard and its natural surroundings. The vineyard's terroir, with its ideal exposure and soil composition, offered the perfect canvas for crafting exceptional wines. It was clear that this was a place where nature's influence played a pivotal role in producing wines of remarkable quality.
At Domaine La Rouillère, I witnessed a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation. The visionary owners, Magali and Bertrand LETARTRE, have really awakened the estate's potential. Their crowning achievement is the construction of a state-of-the-art wine cellar, a testament to their commitment to excellence.
It was here that I began my tour. Covering 1,700 square metres, the cellar contains 54 stainless steel vats as well as a huge barrel cellar, plus a bottling room and archive. Here, traditional winemaking practices meet cutting-edge technology, and I could see that the Letartre family hold themselves to the same standards of craftsmanship and innovation that we hold ourselves to at Delicious Mountain.
My expedition was defined by the pursuit of perfection, grape by grape. The vineyard's dedication to nurturing seven precious grape varieties, each selected with care, was evident. Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Vermentino, Sémillon, and Ugni Blanc were all part of this carefully orchestrated symphony. Each grape was nurtured with precision, resulting in wines of exceptional quality.
The wines created here are harvested from vines dating back no more than 80 years. And that was when they were last watered: when they were first planted. Their six-metre roots mean these vines can grow naturally in even the very hottest of climates.
When I ask about harvesting, I'm surprised to learn that the grapes are harvested exclusively at night. My guide explains that this preserves the optimal freshness and colour of the wine.
At Domaine La Rouillère, sustainability is paramount. Witnessing the bottling operations, where an average of 1,500 bottles per hour is produced, reinforced my commitment to environmental responsibility. Corks harvested from the bark of old trees on the estate add a touch of heritage to each bottle, showcasing Domaine La Rouillère's respect for both the environment and its legacy.
My visit to Domaine La Rouillère revealed more than exceptional wines; it unveiled a shared ethos. The way they marry tradition with innovation typifies what I want to create at Delicious Mountain: guest experiences that are timeless, on-trend and unforgettable.
Saying farewell to my hosts, I'm taking with me not just bottles of wine, but stories, memories, and a commitment to serving our guests with the same dedication I have witnessed first-hand here at Domaine La Rouillère.
Your stay in this property comes with our luxury catered chalet package as standard. Throughout your stay, you will be served by your own professional in-house chef, as well as by a mature and experienced chalet host. Gourmet evening meals will be served for you on 6 evenings of your stay. Breakfast and afternoon tea are available all 7 days, as is our inclusive drinks package. More about chalet dining...
This property comes with our serviced chalet package. Perfect for those who value privacy and flexibility, this package offers a blank canvas for those who want to design their own bespoke holiday experience. The price includes all the luxury touches and facilities that are synonymous with the Delicious Mountain brand, but without the in-house staff or the catering package. You can then add whatever you want – chef services, groceries delivery, drinks bundle. Just let us know what you need when you book and we will be here to make it happen.