The sloping vineyards of La Mascaronne extend to 60 hectares and lie in the heart of the Côtes de Provence appellation, in the hills above the medieval village of Le Luc. The vines grow on chalk/clay soil resting above sedimentary fissured limestone. The roots work their way down the fissures for up to 40 metres. The terroir of La Mascaronne has always been renowned for producing some of the finest and longest lived red wines of the region – complex, powerful with supple dark fruit.
With remarkably low yields and hand harvesting into small containers, we practice sustainability in all aspects of our vineyard management and winemaking processes. Having achieved full organic status, we emphasize respect for the environment and balance of the entire ecosystem
“I suggested to Steve
that he smoke less and drink more wine”.
Tom Bove, an American businessman, acquired La Mascaronne with a friend in 1999 due to its reputation for having some of the best terroir in Provence. At that time he lived at Château Miraval which was building a serious reputation for its organic wines. After Miraval was sold in 2012 Tom concentrated on the wines of La Mascaronne, overseeing a complete renovation of the Chateau, cellars and vineyards.
Tom has long been recognised as an innovative producer. From the 2016 harvest he was inspired to create a Rosé Brut Sparkling wine made by Méthode Traditionelle. Available in magnum only and christened St Tropez Sally. Then, when touring the vineyard in November 2017 after the first frosts, he noticed a quantity of previously green and unpicked Grenache grapes which had now perfectly matured. These were harvested and Riley’s Choice was born – a homage to the red wines of Lambrusco.
Tom is surrounded by a dedicated team who strive for perfection at every stage of the wine making process
Nathalie Longefay, coming from a vine-growing family, knows how to consider precisely and pragmatically all the technical aspects of the production of a wine-producing estate. After obtaining her degree in oenology from the University of Toulouse, and scarcely back from Australia where she started her career in the Hunter Valley, she immediately joined the Cabinet d’Agronomie Provençale.
Originally from a family of vine-growers in the Beaujolais, she quickly travelled round the vineyards of France: between Cahors and its red wines to lay down, the Loire Valley and its range of up-market dry and sweet white wines and the sparkling wines of Limoux, she was able to diversify rapidly and complete her technical experience.
Our wines are regularly recognised in the major competitions (Concours General Agricole de Paris, Vinalies, Concours des Vins de Provence, Grands Vins de France Macon) as well as listings in the major Guides (Gilbert & Gaillard, Hachette ..)