A region appreciated for the quality of its climate, the beauty of its landscapes and its art of living. But also famed for its ancient vineyards with vines planted on terraces facing the sea. LE TERROIR Amphitheatre facing the sea This ancestral vineyard, planted by the Phoenicians in the 7th century BC, was restored by the Templars on their return from the Crusades between the 12th and 14th centuries. Here, on this exceptional land, are the twenty hectares of Clos Saint Sébastien. From the creeks of the Côte Vermeille to the peaks of the Albères at more than 400 metres, the vineyard is subject to a windy and sunny climate particularly favourable to the cultivation of the vine… LE TERROIR Unique growths A schist terroir, unworkable by machine and which only man can tame, is the birthplace of 3 prestigious appellations, Collioure, Banyuls and Banyuls Grand Cru, where Grenache, the king of grapes, offers its finest aromatic expression. Nestled in the heart of the Roume Valley, a stone’s throw from the farm of the famous painter and sculptor Aristide Maillol, Mas Xatard, built in 1696, is today the heart of Clos Saint Sébastien. This “mas” (a traditional French country house) has been completely renovated with discreet charm and assertive character, just like the wines that are made within its old walls. LE TERROIR A historic mas With its rich past, Clos Saint Sébastien is an estate of committed men and women who work daily to enhance this ancestral vineyard with patience, rigour and the permanent will to combine quality and modernity, respect for traditions and innovation.