In the heart of the Costières de Nîmes, in the southern reaches of the Rhône Valley, Château Vessière covers an area of 65 hectares of vines. Located at the gateway to the Camargue, the estate enjoys an exceptional climate and terroir.
This delightful property initially belonged to Lucie Teulon, née Lucie de Vessière, and has been passed on in the family from generation to generation.
In 1975, Philippe Teulon took over the reins after studying oenology at the Montpellier Science Faculty. Bottling took place for the first time in 1978 but the vintage was only consumed privately. The wine was first sold in France and abroad from 1979.
Over time, Philippe shared his passion with one of his sons, Vincent.
Vincent in turn studied oenology in Montpellier and went on to explore the latest techniques in the Napa Valley, California.
Since 2007, Vincent and his wife Lucie have continued the family’s history. Together, they have improved working methods, in particular by making the estate organic and taking responsibility for the company’s commercial development.
The couple currently live on site with their two children, to reconcile their professional and family life. Philippe still visits the vineyards every day and works closely with Vincent. They are both keen to produce fine and elegant organic wines, for which they receive numerous awards each year.
The AOC Costières de Nîmes wine translates the singular nature of a terroir in the Rhone Valley and perfectly illustrates all the features of its “Roman character”. Located on a vast terrace of pebbles deposited by the Rhône and Durance rivers, it is the southernmost of the Rhône vineyards. The stony red clay and pebble alluvium favour a convection effect. The climate is characterised by very sunny, dry summers punctuated by irregular rainfall. This means it is Mediterranean, but with a certain marine influence. This climate is specific to the Costières really makes its mark on the appellation’s wines and represents a considerable advantage in producing authentic wines.
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From one generation to the next, everybody likes to share family pictures and memories. For seven generations, from father to son, the Teulon family has bequeathed a wine estate covering some sixty-five hectares, and which have been managed using sustainable agriculture methods since Vincent and Lucia arrived.
When Vincent took over he initially used conventional working practices and has since gradually moved towards environmentally-friendly production methods, restricting the use of plant protection products where possible. Mating disruption and pesticide regulations caused him to finally make the leap, in 2009, to organic farming. Herbicides, synthetic chemicals and insecticides were completely abolished on the estate with a return to the grass roots of agriculture where the essential aim is to continuously improve the authenticity of the wines and make the most of the terroir’s qualities.
Although the team has expanded beyond the family circle, its spirit remains the same. Everybody works hand in hand during the most intense periods, moving forward with confidence, united by the same goal.