Domaine du Bagnol
This magnificent seven-hectare estate, situated a short walk from the center of the Mediterranean village of Cassis, began in the early 1980s with Claire Lefevre, a vigneronne of great class and character. Cassis was first planted to the vine in the 12th century and the vineyards were developed on the north, east, and southeast slopes that surround the village which sits immediately on a little bay on the Mediterranean. Phylloxera wiped out the vineyards in 1870 but by 1892 the citizens of Cassis had re-established their vineyards but this time without the Muscatel variety.
Madame Lefevre passed away having reached her mid ‘80s. So, the Domaine du Bagnol staggered through a few vintages and eventually was sold. The new owner, Jean-Louis Genovesi, a native of Cassis who had departed for Paris and made his fame (and a few centimes as well) in the capital. Jean-Louis and his son, Sebastien, have revived the domaine and the wines, both blanc and rose, are more compelling than ever. The domaine sits just beneath the imposing limestone outcropping of Cap Canaille and is a mere 200 meters distance from the shores of the Mediterranean. Thus situated, the Domaine du Bagnol is the beneficiary of the cooling winds from the north, northwest and northeast (Tramontane, Mistral and gregal) as well as the gentle sea breezes that come ashore.