CHÂTEAU RASQUE
TARADEAU

Enter the French way of life! Here, you will start with a visit to Château Rasque.
And to finish the visit, head for the stone cellar, where the treasures you will be tasting reside...
It will be a real awakening of the senses for amateurs and enthusiasts alike.
Oenology workshops are organised to further your desire for knowledge. You can extend the pleasure by staying at the estate.

 

Visit to Domaine Rasque

Var Taradeau les vignes

The vines of the Rasque estate

The Domaine du Rasque invites you to discover its estate and wines.
You will start with a visit of the Château with its tuns room.
You will discover 16 oak tuns in their underground cellar.

Chateau rasque

In summer, the Arts Room opens its doors to show you paintings and sculptures by local artists.
After the visit, a commented tasting of our wines is offered.

Introduction to tasting and scents

Workshops on oenology, blind tastings, or a scent game to awaken your senses are also organised.

Hosting

Make the most of the estate by extending your visit by staying on site.
Château Rasque offers you the chance to escape during a stay with these guest rooms.
On the programme:
- Breakfast
- Picnic by the pool in the heart of the vineyards
- Romantic dinner
- Cooking classes
- Sports coach
- Spa and treatments
- Baby setting

Lodging in the Var in Taradeau

Everything is provided for you to have a pleasant time

Prices and Reservations Visit & Tastings

For the tasting, please make a reservation. Visits are made from 8 people
The price is from 5€ per person

Opening hours

April to October:
open daily, 10am to 6pm
November to March:
open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm

The birth of the Vineyard

Monique and Gérard Biancone, along with their five children, chose to settle in a little corner of paradise, in Rasque, in the commune of Taradeau, a small village a few kilometres from Draguignan. Seduced by the exceptional potential of this Provençal nature, the couple embarked on a crazy project: to create a traditional vineyard in the heart of Provence by creating Château Rasque from scratch.
The name comes from a certain notary from Draguignan called Rasque, who owned the property in the 16th century.
The couple had long dreamed of acquiring a vineyard. Gérard, a bricklayer by birth, has always had a builder's soul and his passion for wine is due to his mother.
Monique, from a family of Bordeaux winegrowers, could not resist the temptation to live fully in the heart of a vineyard.
This is how their children, Pascale, Fabio, Sophie, Alexandra and the youngest, Enzo (who arrived much later and was nicknamed the "child of the vines") saw the shaping of these lands, the first vines, being born over the years, and were able to feel the effort and share with them the pleasure and the reward of a good harvest.

Le Château Rasque

wine tasting

First of all, it is 15 hectares of vines, planted on a clay-limestone soil and facing south, which will shape the identity of the Domaine Rasque
Their dream is to produce authentic wines that express our Provencal terroir and the love of this land.
Today, Château Rasque covers 100 hectares of land, including 30 hectares of vines, which produce wines using "integrated agriculture", an approach that respects the soil, the vines, the grapes and the wine.
The vines are harvested as they were in the past, by hand in small crates to protect their perfect quality.

THE RASQUE DOMAIN IS A SUCCESS STORY

A few years later, during a walk at the foot of the Montagne Sainte Victoire, dear to the painter Paul Cézanne, the couple fell under the spell of a 12-hectare property, the Clos Jasmin, with century-old vines that produce mainly reds.
Finally, in 2003, they acquired a neighbouring estate, Hermitage de Saint Pons in Figanières, a 31-hectare property with vines made up mainly of Rolle, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, a few vines of Carignan and 7 hectares of wood.
For Sophie Courtois-Biancone, head of the Hermitage de Saint Pons estate, it's all about balance, and to achieve the best expression of this terroir, she has decided to carry out a relevant and controlled replanting and planting policy - replacing Rolle with Ugni-Blanc and above all Cinsault - which will enable her to offer long-term wines that reveal this beautiful terroir and define the estate's "Rosé" style to perfection.
This century-old estate has seen the birth of the Cuvée So... ! These wines, made using the techniques of Château Rasque, complement the entire range of wines.
The estate is part of the last Alpine folds. It is a natural spur at an altitude of 260 m, with clay-limestone soil, which is ideal for growing vines. This type of soil gives a particularly draining ground which avoids the hydric stress threatening in this sun-drenched region. The presence of stony soil in some places limits the temperature differences between day and night, thus improving the ripening conditions of the grapes.

IN FIGURES ENCEPTION

0.5 hectares of Ugniblanc
7 hectares of Grenache
6 hectares of Cinsault
5 hectares of Syrah
7 hectares of Rolle

WINEMAKING

The Rasque estate, while equipped with modern facilities, uses traditional and gentle winemaking methods that accompany and respect the grapes, enhancing the soul of the terroir in order to obtain its best expression.
The hand-picked grapes, sorted in the vineyard, are brought to the reception area in small crates. It is then carried to a tubular exchanger to be cooled, a process which allows the grapes to be worked better.
The grapes are then taken to a press before being taken to stainless steel vats where the alcoholic fermentation can finally begin.
All the estate's vats are equipped with a cooling unit, which allows the vinification to be controlled at all times by maintaining an ideal temperature. The pneumatic presses and the air conditioning of the storage and bottling rooms are also a guarantee of quality.
A 200m2 tuns room is located 8m underground. These 40 to 50 hl oak tuns allow for the ageing of the reds in the purest tradition.