SCEA Domaine Clef de Saint Thomas

9 route de Bedoroudes, 82430 Chateauneuf du Pape

Telephone +33 4 90426303
Fax +33 4 90424000

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ProWein 2017 hall map (Hall 11): stand H09

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ProWein 2017 fairground map: Hall 11

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.01  Europe
  • 01.01.05  France
  •  Côtes du Rhône

Our products

Product category: Côtes du Rhône

La Clef de St Thomas

At first dominated by fruit (blackberries especially), the nose evolves when aerated towards balsamic notes (antiques wax, tobacco) and mild spices (cinnamon).  Smooth and gentle, this cuvée has a marked flavour of cherries in eau de vie. The finish narrows its focus with light tannins that confer notes of spice bread, coffee and tobacco, with appealing minerality to end.

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Product category: Côtes du Rhône

Calisson de Calissanne

The Calisson de Calissanne is our most distinguished rosé, subtle and sleek in every regard, its colour included.
Foremost among its delicate aromas is candied redcurrants, with a sprinkling of fresh almonds.

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Product category: Côtes du Rhône

Clos Victoire

Harvesting is done in early and late September (for the Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon respectively). Each variety then undergoes controlled-temperature vinification in small amounts, then lengthy maceration (15-20 days). After malolactic fermentation, the wine is matured in oak barrels ('barriques' and 'demi-muids'). At the end of maturing, after each barrel has been tasted, the wines are blended. Once bottled, the wine is kept for 6-12 months in an air-conditioned cellar before going to market.

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About us

Company details

Legend has it that the famous "Calisson d'Aix", a sort of marzipan confectionery, takes its name from a hillside on the Calissanne estate which used to be planted with almond trees. Without that sun-kissed slope, the legend goes, the "Calisson" might never have been invented... But vines and olive trees are what have built the latter-day reputation of this vast estate dotted with Mediterranean trees - which provide natural shelter for wildlife such as partridge and wild boar.

In the fourth century BC, Calissanne was the "Oppidum of Constantine", a stronghold occupied by Celtic-Ligurians; today it still surveys the estate, and its superb northern rampart, reworked by the Romans in the first century AD, is still highly visible.
It was during this era, as the Romans advanced northwards up the Rhône Valley, that the estate was planted with vines and olive trees. Calissanne retains plentiful traces of that Gallo-Roman period,including a first-century amphora - unearthed in 1990 during tilling between the vines - and the remains of several villas scattered at the foot of the Oppidum. 

A place alive with history
During the 11th and 12th centuries, the estate belonged to the "Hospitaliers de St Jean-de-Jérusalem", who became the Order of Malta. At this time, the Chapelle Notre-Dame de Calissanne was known to contain remains of the Virgin Mary's garments.

In the 17th century a member of the Parliamentary Court of Aix, Monsieur de Leydet, commissioned the current château. In the 19th century, lastly, the estate was acquired by Charles Auguste Verminck, a Marseille industrialist who owned soapworks and oilworks. He gave a great impetus to the estate, setting up several farms on the site - Sainte Modeste, La Ferme Neuve, Font de Leu, Le Jas de Bayle, Le Moulin de la Durançole - and today, all of these buildings echo that era's extensive farming activity.

As for the château itself, the huge vaulted stables, the dovecotes with their varnished rooftiles, and the majestic horse trough, suggest the scope of the estate's activities.

After the grandeur of the Verminck era, Calissanne was gradually dedicated in the 20th century to cultivating vines and olive trees. In 2001, Château Calissanne was acquired by Philippe Kessler.He restructured the vineyards and olive groves, and extended and modernised the vinification cellar and the maturing cellars in order to enhance the quality of the wines.

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