In 1958, the Sumeire family who have owned the Font-Freye estate since 1933, acquired this large estate of Château la Tour de l’Evêque near Pierrefeu in the Côtes de Provence, less than 12 miles from the Mediterranean and about 30 miles from Saint Tropez. The estate was formerly the summer residence of the archbishops of Toulon, a neighboring city. The estate also a long history with the people of Provence and the French royalty.
Château la Tour de l’Evêque is located in the hilly valley of the Maurettes, a compact group of mountains in the Côtes de Provence that form an extension of the Massif de Maures. The valley, Phyllades de Hyères consists of shaley soils derived from Silurian layers, and Permian red sandstone. Phyllades refers to the schist that has hardened into structural sheets by metaphorism. Soils are mainly made of clay, shale and limestone. Average age of the vines of in Château la Tour de l’Evêque is 30 years.
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