The Estate

Figuière is an emblematic estate of Côtes de Provence, bought in 1991 by Alain Combard who left his winemaking career in Chablis to return to his native region.

Today, the 2nd generation Combard manages this beautiful estate as a family, cultivating the vines while taking care to protect the surrounding nature. Biodiversity and organic farming are subjects that the family knows well since the domaine has been certified organic since 1979.

The estate covers 125 hectares spread over two domaines in the Côtes de Provence: Domaine Figuière, the historic estate located in La Londe les Maure, opposite the island of Porquerolles and since 2018, Château Barbeiranne located in Pignans behind the Maures massif.

Two estates, two terroirs in harmony, to continue the work of making precise wines.

At La Londe, a schist soil is dominant, and the Mediterranean Sea strongly influences the climate, moderating the summers from being too hot and the winters that are never really cold. The grape varieties planted are Rolle, Semillon and some Ugni blanc for the whites; and noirs with Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Tibouren.

The Pionnière, Confidentielle and Première cuvées draw their minerality from the schiste soils here!

At Chateau Barbeiranne, the climate is more contrasted; the Massif des Maures has cut off the influence of the Mediterranean and the winters are colder, the budding later.  The soils are clay-limestone and the resulting wines are fruitier, which also brings depth and length.

Provence and its sunny wines

Winemaking

Since 1979 the estate has been producing certified organic wines. In 1991, when the domaine was bought by Alain Combard, this choice was not questioned!

The harvest is mechanical and manual, the grapes arrive at night or very early in the morning in the cellar. The pressing is a crucial step, the domaine is equipped with a press allowing to work with soft and regular pressures by protecting the grapes from oxygen.

The vinification is done in stainless steel tanks and the maturing in stainless steel tanks, or in barrels or demi-muids according to the vintages.

The rosé wines are matured on fine lees until the end of January, minimum, in order to be ready early for the launch of the vintage and to have time to gain in complexity.  The rosés do not go through malo-lactic fermentation to retain freshness and delicate aromas and flavours.

The Wines

Atmosphère

rosé sparkling wine – Traditional method – Second fermentation made with grape juice of the same vintage only, and no use of sugar nor concentrated must.

Confidentielle

white, rosé and red wines made with the vines planted on specific schistose soil and quartz. Made with local grapes from the estate vineyard in organic culture; Rolle for the white, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault for the rosé, Mourvèdre and Syrah for the red.

Première

white, rosé and red wines made with estate vines only. Organic wines carrying all the history of Saint André de Figuière, the oldest blends of the Domaine.

Signature

range of white, rosé and red wines blending grapes grown in La Londe, bringing minerality & freshness and grapes grown in Chateau Barbeiranne, bringing fruitiness & structure.

Méditerranée

 white, rosé and red wine made with vines located more in-land, carefully selected.  Wines are aged and bottled at the domaine.

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