Lavender crops, a tradition in Haute Provence. Agricultural and cultural heritage

Passion and Savoir Faire

Our family farm – 330 hectares of preserved farmland

Le Musée de la Lavande - Coustellet - Le Château du Bois

Our family farm is in the village of Lagarde d’Apt, on the high Albion plateau – or highlands – in Vaucluse. Lagarde d’Apt is a tiny village which lies at 1100 meters altitude between the majestic Luberon range and the impressive Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux. The village has some thirty inhabitants. Our farm, “Le Château du Bois”, was built in 1820. The origin of the name is not clear – we know of two plausible theories behind the name. The first one seems to say that the château was named after the wooded area it was built in, and the second says that the château was named after the wood used for its construction.

Lavender crops, a tradition in Haute Provence. Agricultural and cultural heritage

Le Musée de la Lavande - Coustellet - Nos plantationsOur fields

Far from all pollution, our fields of True lavender or “population lavender” stretch over more than 80 hectares of the 300 hectares that make up our farm. Our lavender fields account for more than 10% of all French true lavender production. We rotate the fields, for lavender must be uprooted and burned every 10 years.

Distilling, the art of extracting 100% pure essential oil de lavender

Distillation methods

Distilling a plant means you drive steam through the flower to carry off its essential oil.
You pile lavender flowers in a vessel, through which steam rises, and this steam carries off the essence of the flower. The steam-essence mixture rises through the goose-neck condensation tube, called in French the “col-de-cygne” (which means “swan neck) where it cools off and becomes liquid. The liquid mixture goes into a separator (in French – a “vase florentin”, or Florentine flask) where it settles. The essential oil rises to the top, for it is lighter than water. The essence-infused water remains at the bottom for it is heavier than the oil. The separator has two taps – the one at the top to draw off the essential oil, and the lower tap to draw off the distilled water, also known as hydrosol, a therapeutic by-product of distillation. This floral water can be used in cosmetics and for certain therapeutic treatments.

The Lincelé family – the adventure of true lavender

La famille Lincelé - Lavandiculteurs

We have been growing and distilling true lavender from father to son for over 5 generations. We have perpetuated the tradition and continue to pass down our savoir-faire. Each new generation receives the heritage of his elders’ experience and adds his own new contributions. Our single objective: to continue the lavender crop and ensure that it is not sacrificed on the altar of modern times and convenience. Georges Lincelé’s grandfather, aptly named Venance, was the son of a farmer. His family was not wealthy, but young Venance was a talented student and won a scholarship to a business school. His wife Marie was a hard-working woman from an influential local family. Together, their penchant for hard work and their good business sense brought them great success in selling wheat and almonds. They purchased land and a farm called “La Sigoyère” on the Albion highlands.

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