La Cavale

VISITING

 

A living space

La Cavale reflects its owner Paul Dubrule‘s wish to create an exceptional wine center in the heart of the Natural Regional Park of the Luberon. Designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and built stone by stone by Les Compagnons du Devoir (a traditional French fraternity of craftsmen), La Cavale makes “sharing“ its priority. Here novices and experts can taste our wines while discovering others. It is a unique, cultural place where both wine and refinement arouse the senses before a magnificent landscape.

Built in a very contemporary style, La Cavale rises at the crossroad between the villages of Vaugines, Lourmarin, and Cucuron. Our estate spreads over 42 hectares and is planted with eight varietals offering three different types – red, white and rosé – vinified under the guidance of Jean-Paul Aubert, our technical manager, and Alain Graillot, our consultant.
Our selection includes three labels: Petite Cavale (rosé, red, and white), La Cavale (white and red) and our flagship, Grande Cavale (red), which is produced solely in great vintages.

 

“At La Cavale, we are aware of our ecological and environmental footprint. We have been farming organically for two years now and are aiming to obtain our certification in 2020. Our winery contributes to the protection of the Luberon Natural Park by reducing its water consumption, producing solar power, and treating its effluents while working the soil respectfully.”

– Thierry Mueth, Manager Director –

 

During high season, La Cavale welcomes you every day from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. From October to April: From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Closed on Sunday and Monday.

DISCOVERING

 

Our 500 m² boutique

A true concept store featuring a fine selection of wine-themed gifts and souvenirs including terroir produces, beautiful bi-lingual books, decorative objects, as well as our English picnic baskets to treat oneself or give as a present.

 

We make it a point to represent the richness of flavours from the heart of Provence, highlighting young craftsmen, creators and entrepreneurs of the Luberon engaged in the promotion of our environmental and cultural heritage. Renowned names from the wine world are also represented in the Discovery-Wine section.

 

Our team of attentive professionals is happy to welcome and introduce you to our various cuvées, our estate’s olive oil, and our selection of rare and precious wines and spirits from different areas of France and around the world.

 

In this beautiful space you will find:
    • Great wines and spirits from around the world, including such famous brands as MacCallan, Hibiki, Roku, Botran, Gelas, Laurent Perrier, Pol Roger, Opus One, Cheval Blanc, Vega Sicilia, Petra and Cavalli to name just a few.

Products of :

  • Aix & Terra.
  • Aix Pression.
  • Pastis of la Pastisserie.
  • Les Rhums du Sud.
  • La Biscuiterie de Rognes.
  • Patrick Font’s Natural Juices.
  • Breadsticks of La Fenière.
  • The almond biscuits from le Roy René et la Biscuiterie d’Entrecasteaux

 

We also have specially selected local artisans
  • Juliet Schlunke, the ceramist from Ansouis
  • Philippe Duriez, the poter from Cabrières d’Aigues
  • Thomas and Olivia from ‘Le Secret de Manon’, who produce natural Marseille soaps and scented body creams
  • Géraldine Saunière who has designed our own candles
  • La Maison Au Fil du Lin for our lamp shades, place mats and napkins
  • The Nose of Jean Lenoir.
  • Moser, Lalique, Artel, Spiegelau and Biot glassware.

TASTING

WINE TASTINGS ARE FREE

GUIDED TOURS OF OUR CELLARS AND VAT ROOMS FOLLOWED BY A TASTING, regular or blind: 12€ per guest
(Preferably by reservation)

 

Our interactive workshops:

(By reservation only, 2 guests minimum)
* Wine and cheese pairing: 20€ per person
How to pair different wines with different kinds of cheeses (goat, blue, cooked…)
* Wine and chocolate pairing: 20€ per person
Match different wines with different chocolates (6 chocolates/6 wines) in partnership with Stephane Roux, chocolate maker and owner of “L’art chocolatier”.
* Discovering truffle: 40€ per person – From mid-November to mid-February at 2:30 p.m.
Meet us at La Cavale and visit a truffle patch. Take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and search for truffles with a truffle-hunting dog and its master. After the hunt, return to La Cavale for a full-fledged tasting.
* Wine Science: 20€ per person
From vine to wine. Discover the different kinds of grape varietals and blend your own wine.
* Introduction to wine tasting: 20€ per person
From your nose to your palate, an entire itinerary… Learn how to observe, stir, smell, taste… and guess!
* Savours and scents: 20€ per person
An introduction to olfaction and sense of taste. Smell, imagine, blend and create: open a new world which will enable you to enlarge your own bouquet of scents.
* On location with La Cavale: 20€ per person
In the footsteps of “Manon des Sources” in Vaugines, “The Hussard on the Roof” and “A Good Year” in Cucuron…Visit our vineyards and see the different film locations.

We welcome children while parents are tasting or shopping!

* Children’s tasting workshop: free
To make sure that no one is left out of the holiday fun, we have created a special workshop for children. They can try 5 to 6 different grape juices and select the one they like best.
They will be shown how to sniff, swirl, taste and spit just like wine experts. At the end of the session, they will be given a small diploma to take home with their name on it!

THE TerraCe

 

In season, enjoy privileged tastings, combined with gourmet moments and let your eye wander over the endless rows of vines from our terrace with a view.

 

In the summer time, experience and enjoy the mildness of the evening in a relaxing and friendly ambience during our Thursday evening cocktail hours with food trucks and music, from 6:30PM til 10:00 PM.

During the off-season, our lounge with its one-of-a-kind elegant ambience becomes a warm and welcoming refuge for a tea-time moment. Enjoy the simple pleasure of a hot and fortifying drink while savoring a home made pastry.

 

Languages spoken at the winery: English, German, Italian, Spanish.

Our Wines

Petite Cavale Rouge

A blend of Black Grenache and Syrah, this tasty wine, with its ruby red color and sumptuous scent, evokes red fruits, the scrubland and spices. In the mouth, it gives the impression of biting into the actual fruit. Supported by fine tannins, its final note is pure lightness. Petite Cavale Rouge is a real pleasure served with simple meals, such as platters of charcuterie, ratatouilles, grilled fish and cooked cheeses.

11.50€ VAT
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Petite Cavale Blanc

This wine, with its light gold color, is a blend of Grenache, Clairette and Ugni-Blanc. On the nose, it develops scents of white and citrus fruits. Its first impression in the mouth is straightforward and frank. The finish is very fresh and mineral. This wine goes perfectly well with a platter of seafood or by itself for aperitif.

11.50€ VAT
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Petite Cavale Rosé

This Rosé, with its rose petal color, is a blend of Cinsault and Black Grenache. On the nose, it first reveals subtle notes of slightly tart red currants then of pink grapefruits. In the mouth, we discover its freshness, aromatic expression and assertive personality. Petite Cavale Rosé is mostly recommended for an aperitif but can also be paired well with Mediterranean dishes.

11.50€ VAT
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La Cavale Rouge

Coming from our hillside vineyards, a blend of Black Grenache, Syrah and old Carignan, the Red Cavale has an intense cherry color. It reveals beautiful fragrances of brandied fruit, violet, pepper and licorice, letting us guess all its complexity. In the mouth, the wine is more full-bodied, mixing soft tannins and subtle aromas of vanilla. The Red Cavale will perfectly accompany typical local dishes, ideally paired with Luberon lamb, roasted with thyme or the famous « pieds-paquets ».

19.80€ VAT
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La Cavale Blanc

This wine, with its golden hue is a blend of Grenache, Clairette, Ugni-Blanc and Vermentino. On the nose, it expresses smoked and floral notes due to its ageing – partly in Acacia barrels. In the mouth, it shows some smoothness and roundness, together with a nice aromatic bouquet reminiscent of quince, pear and pineapple, and ending with lemon notes. With its appealing complexity, roundness in the mouth and persistent scent, La Cavale Blanc equally complements a sea bass fillet in white sauce, a risotto with truffles or a blanquette of veal.

19.80€ VAT
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Grande Cavale

Our flagship! To each great cellar its own great wine! Only produced in exceptional vintages, La Grande Cavale, with its purple color and shimmering reflection, is our prestige cuvée. A subtle blend of our best plots of Syrah, old Carignan and Black Grenache, this wine expresses incredibly fine tannins due to its 12-month ageing in oak barrels.

41€ VAT
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