The French King Louis IX would regularly hunt for partridge on these grounds
The reputation of the terroir of Château Saint Louis la Perdrix goes back to the 13th century. During the period of the Capetian dynasty of French kings, Louis IX would regularly hunt on these grounds, particularly for partridge, as the estate’s name reveals. This game bird has since become the estate‘s emblem. The writer Alphonse Daudet, who loved the estate for its wild, unblemished nature, wrote of its beauty in one of his most famous short stories, « Emotions of a red-leg partridge ».
The Credit Agricole has been determined to preserve and share this legacy ever since taking over the estate in 1991. The château lies at a crossroads of climatic influences: between Mediterranean warmth to the south and the Mistral wind that blows down from the north, it has preserved natural environmental balances to produce wines that are pure and stylish, emblematic of one of the finest Rhône valley terroirs. This respect of nature is born out by a certificate held for sustainable agricultural practices. Alongside the vineyards, seven hectares of olive trees are cultivated, and hedgerows preserved along the banks of the streams.
New winery equipment completes traditional know-how on the estate. The refined aromatics of our wines are preserved thanks to carefully controlled temperatures during fermentation.
The southernmost point of the Rhône Valley
The 50 hectares (123 acres) of the Château Saint-Louis la Perdrix estate form a single stretch lying over one of the low hillsides of the Costières de Nîmes appellation, at the southern extremity of the Rhône vineyards. This terroir has ideal conditions for the fine varieties typical of the Languedoc region. Rounded stones on the ground restore the sun’s heat during the night and help the grapes to full ripeness whilst keeping the soil cool. The vines, in this poor soil of red clay, seek out mineral elements that account for the finesse and elegance of the Château’s wines.
123 acres of traditional Languedocian varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon is a useful addition to an otherwise traditional languedocian varietal mix: Syrah, Grenache and Carignan for the reds, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne for the whites. The average age of the vines runs between 35 and 50 years, according to the plots. By combining traditional farming practices with sustainable agricultural techniques, Château Saint Louis la Perdrix reveals the fullest potential of its fine terroir.
Our harvest period is extended in order to make the most of the diversity of our grape varieties. Grapes are mostly picked by hand when each variety is fully ripe. In order to preserve the natural freshness and aromas in the grapes, these are moved in small boxes to the winery which has been designed to vinify each variety separately. Temperature control of the tanks then enables long vatting periods