Nestling in the hills of La Londe and surrounded by one thousand-year-old olive trees, Domaine de Tamary is blessed with having a unique geographical location. Its vineyard is made up of a perfect balance of grape varieties: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Rolle.
The watchword at Tamary is respect. Respect for the terroir and for the people that work in it. This vineyard, planted in one unbroken block of vines, has no neighbours except the wild boar that roam the surrounding woods.
At Domaine de Tamary, wine is made using cutting-edge methods. In parallel, great care is taken to protect the outstanding natural environment surrounding the estate and to respect the time-honoured Provencal vine growing traditions.
Born into a long-established Bordeaux négociant family, Frédéric Salin, after completing an MBA in the United States, took over the family company in 1985. He soon turned it into a flourishing business. The Salin wine merchant house is today one of the leading distributors of Bordeaux Grands Crus Classés. In 2009, Frédéric Salin and Jean-Luc Zuger joined forces to buy a Provence rosé vineyard by the name of “Domaine de Tamary”.
Domaine de Tamary is also the story of an encounter between two wine sector personalities: Bordeaux négociant Frédéric Salin and Jean-Luc Zuger, the owner of Château Malescot in Margaux. Combining to form a scintillating partnership, these ambitious entrepreneurs set out to fulfil their dreams of finding a rare undiscovered Provencal gem where they could make a rosé worthy of the name. Falling immediately in love with this tiny valley of green they decided to purchase the estate in 2009.
To look after the wine production side, Jean-Luc Zuger called on Gilles Pouget, the technical manager of Château Malescot, accompanied by Christophe Albertini, the vineyard manager, for them to look after the 27-hectare vineyard all year round.
This shared project excited them from the very start, when the idea of vinifying grapes in Provence, and in a different way, offered a genuine challenge.
Born on 13th May 1964 in Bordeaux, Jean-Luc Zuger spent his childhood at Château Malescot-Saint-Exupery in Margaux in the Médoc. After studying law for a year, JeanLuc set off for Oxford and then Hastings to learn English. In the winter of 1985, he returned to work for the Balguerie group in Bordeaux, helping to protect the interests of ship-owners of various shipping companies as well as those of different UK P&I Clubs.
In 1990, Jean-Luc Zuger returned to the family estate at Château Malescot to help his father. He took over the helm at the property in 1994 and undertook substantial investments in the restructuring of the estate.
In 2009, he acquired a roséproducing estate with his friend Frédéric Salin who, just like JeanLuc, loves the challenge of a new venture.