In 1989, Jacques Seysses of Domaine Dujac and Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti joined by their Parisian friend, Michel Macaux, purchased a 45 ha property south of Aix-en-Provence on a south-facing hillside. Their vision was to set the benchmark of quality in a region that had not yet reached its full potential.
The estate was renamed Triennes as a reference to Triennia, the festival for Bacchus that was historically held every three years during Roman times. The prefix “Tri” is also a reminder of the three original partners. Ultimately, Triennes is about ground breaking quality from a region offering value wine.
|APPELLATION(S)||Vin de Pays de Méditerranée IGP|
|PROPRIETORS||Jacques Seysses, Aubert de Villaine & Michel Macaux|
|ANNUAL PRODUCTION||22,000 cs|
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)
Stylistically, the founders’ goal is to express purity of the terroir. Vines grow in clay-limestone soil at a high elevation (380- 450 meters) offering a southern exposure that resembles some of the great terroirs of Burgundy and the top coteaux of St. Emilion. The Mediterranean climate of warm days and cools nights leads to a long growing season that brings acidity and complexity to the wines. Vineyards are sustainably farmed and currently being converted to all organic over the next several years. Harvest occurs at night when the grapes are cool upon arrival at the winery.
“...two of Burgundy’s finest vignerons are pitting their collective skills against a block of 46 hectares of Syrah, Viognier, Carignan, Cinsault, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. The results are attractive, both in price and quality.... Triennes is a good source of interesting and impeccably made wines. The future will undoubtedly bring exciting developments...” - Remington Norman, Rhone Renaissance