Château Galoupet is a Provence cru classé estate on the southern slopes of the Massif des Maures, overlooking the Mediterranean and the island of Porquerolles. It was purchased in 1970 by the Indian Shivdasani family. As the older generation died and retired, the estate started to decline.
Despite initiatives in the early 2000s to create a biodiversity trail and designated nature reserve, the estate was in poor condition. Sixty per cent of the parcels had 20% of the vines missing, and the ravages of a forest fire in 2017 had led to erosion and the proliferation of invasive plants.
Nevertheless, when Jessica Julmy, in charge of heading up the team seeking to buy a Provence estate to add a premium rosé to Moët Hennessy’s portfolio, arrived at Galoupet, it was love at first sight. She saw its poor condition as a blank slate for creativity and recognised its potential.