Bastide du Claux

Country of Origin: France
Location: Luberon
People: Sylvain Morey


Bastide du Claux was founded by Sylvain Morey, the son of Jean-Marc Morey, a long-adored vigneron in Chassagne-Montrachet. The thoughtful and strong-minded Sylvain left Burgundy determined to find his own way, settling down south in the historical but lesser-known region of Luberon. His wines combine the elegance and purity of his experience in Burgundy with the unique cepages and terroirs of the Luberon.

Bastide du Claux was born in 2002 and is located in the gorgeous hills of western Provence in the heart of the Luberon National Park. Sylvain works a diverse group of parcels totaling 17 hectares that are planted to 14 different varieties scattered throughout the region. The vineyards of the Luberon are relatively high, at 400-450 meters above sea level, and benefit from cooler temperatures compared with other parts of Provence and the Southern Rhône. This unique climate makes the Luberon an excellent location for producing racy and exciting white wines as well as reds that retain a freshness and bite.

Sylvain claims that upon his arrival in the Luberon, there were few if any producers bottling their own wines; the vast majority of the production was made by local cooperatives. Many of the growers valued quantity over quality and began to replant vineyards, so that they could produce the maximum amount of grapes possible and save money with machine harvesting. These trends made it possible for Sylvain to affordably purchase interesting, low-yielding old-vine parcels that were no longer valued.

Sylvain’s Burgundian heritage really shows in his high standards of production. Harvests can be quite late because of the cooler and relatively dry climate. All of the fruit is manually harvested with a rigorous selection made in the vineyards. Fermentations for white, red, and rosès start spontaneously with indigenous yeasts. Gentle extraction is done for the reds with a minimal amount of remontage and no pigeage. The wines mature in barrels of various sizes or concrete tanks before being bottled with only minimal filtration when needed.