At the Château d’Eclépens, immerse yourself into the heritage and the history of wine from Vaud. François de Coulon will passionately talk about his wines along with many historical anecdotes about his famous Cuvée d’Entrerôche.
The Château d’Eclépens, a founding member of Clos, Domaines & Château, celebrated its 1,200 years of existence in 2014. The oldest written record on the Mormont vineyards dates back to 814.
At the Château d’Eclépens, you will find a mixed culture: organic vine growing, walnut trees, apple and pear trees.
François de Coulon took over the family estate in 2010. He is passionate about history and a natural entrepreneur. He brought-in a new energy and invigorated the way of cultivating the vine. He has developed the maturing and the barrel cellars along with organic farming with the emphasis on quality over quantity. This approach gives concentrated grapes which are extremely sweet from birth to their metamorphosis into wine.
Gamay, Cuvée d’Entrerôche, favourite wine of François de Coulon
Three quarters of the wine production is red, which includes Gamay, Pinot Noir, Gamaret, Garanoir and Cabernet.
If you ask François de Coulon what his favourite wine is, he will categorically say: ‘I love Gamay! It is a fruity grape variety and it goes well in barrels.’
The estate’s Gamay, which has been in barrels for 2 years, is the Cuvée d’Entreroche: a tribute to the Rhône-Rhine canal near the Château.
During the tasting of the Cuvée d’Entrerôche, ask François de Coulon to explain the expression ‘Être sur Soleure’.
What to do before or after a wine tasting at Château d’Eclépens
There are several walks in and around the region of Eclépens. François de Coulon recommends:
- Mormont Walk: to discover orchids and deer, going through the Jorat forest from the Jura and the remains of the Entrerôche canal.
- The Middle of the World in Pompaples: throw a coin in the fountain that will join the Venoge, Lake Geneva and the Rhone to finish its journey in Marseille or Hamburg.
- The Tine de Conflens: the meeting of the Venoge and Verdon at this waterfall. A tourist hotspot at the time of Romanticism.
Not to mention the Abbey of Romainmôtier which was one of the first B & B. The Cluniac monks were ahead of their time!
Why not eat at L’Auberge Au Milieu du Monde where Coco Chanel stopped during her Lausanne-Paris trips.
Events and visits at the estate of Château d’Eclépens
Weddings, tastings and corporate events can take place between April and September. A 300 m² marquee in the majestic garden, under the plane trees, can welcome up to 250 people.
For smaller groups, conferences or courses, various rooms are available.
Annual events at the estate:
- Open House at the Château, first weekend of September each year.
- Open cellars in Vaud to discover wine and gardens.
- Swiss Organic Wine Fair
- Various gourmet and picnic tours are regularly organised.
Certified Vaud Wine Tourism, the estate of Château d’Eclépens is open for wine sales and tastings in its cellar, Wednesdays from 9 am to 11 am and Saturdays from 10 am to midday.
For a customised tour, please contact Mr de Coulon who will gladly organise it!