The Château de Berne is one of the Provençal terroir’s most venerable vineyards. Here, on these 143 hectares, rosé has a very special role as an ambassador of Provençal lifestyle.
At 300 meters above sea level, Berne rosés spring from very calcareous soils. “This is what gives them their fresh, mineral character,” says winemaker Alexis Cornu, the cellar master at the Château de Berne. “The vineyard’s rosés are very expressive, with a serious side on the palate, but maintaining their characteristically bewitching personality, with fruit and herb aromas,” reports the expert oenologist. The Haut Var’s cool nights also ensure the grapes ripen slowly and fully, meaning the harvest is held later here than on the coast. Rosés resulting from slow maturation are well-structured wines.
Wine from Berne is the product of truly ancient savoir-faire. A natural spring on the estate’s land was a magnet for the Romans, who settled here and began cultivating vineyards. The amphorae that bore the precious nectar to Spain and Italy, by way of the Via Aurelia, were made onsite, as evidenced by the kiln discovered a century ago and the Roman coins found in the soil. Since then, the property has been a platform of excellence, where commitment to taste is cultivated as passionately as the vines. The Château de Berne has also long been a wine-tourism pioneer, with special guests given tours of the cellars and vineyards as early as the 1950s.
The excellence of Berne wines is also reflected in the estate’s bottles, a square design that is a nod to the two square towers framing the property entrance. At the two restaurants, one with a Michelin star, Chef Benjamin Collombat and his staff communicate daily with the sommeliers and their cellar colleagues through impromptu tasting sessions, to ensure impeccable food-wine pairings.
Long given the cold shoulder by connoisseurs, rosé is once again viewed as a wine of quality, particularly those from Provence, home to world’s best and most sought-after reserves. Today, Château de Berne wines are produced through integrated farm management and continue to bring the spirit of Provence to the best dining establishments and discriminating homes in France and around the world.