The genesis of the La Suffrene Estate stems from several generations, who have known how to cultivate and transmit a treasure modelled by nature during thousands of years.
It was in 1996 that Cedric Gravier took over the family operation, for which the production had thus far been destined for the cooperative, and would find a new life with the creation of the wine cellar. Accompanied by his grandfather, who knew every vine stock, Olivier and Pierre, from production, to help him daily with commitment and passion, Cédric Gravier elaborated a building where the choice of material and installation was dictated by the desire for modernness and functionality to best control the birth of the wine.
Two generations working in the same direction, helping each other, in order to put into perspective the inexhaustible qualities of this small geological gem.
The estate covers over 50 hectares of AOC Bandol, which includes parcels which vary as to their geological characteristics. Most of the production is located between two rudists mountain ranges (calcareous fossils) of the Castellet: the Cadiere and the hillside of Sainte Anne de Castellet.
The Bandolaise area is known for its climate: over 3000 hours of sun per year, the invigorating sea air, rain which rarely exceeds 650 mm during autumn and winter.
A mostly calcareous clay ground soil, intense reverberations of sunbeams on the hillsides, the sea\'s influence which protects from winter freezes, the topography of the landscape – all of these elements make conditions ideal for bottling sun.
It is here that the star grape variety of Bandol, the Mourvèdre, manifests its richness. It brings structure and finesse to rosé, and an aromatic palette of spices and licorice to reds.
To balance this richness, it is accompanied by traditional varieties from Provence: Cinsault, Grenache and Carignan.