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The estate

       Cairanne, a small town in the north of the Vaucluse "département" where vines and wines are all-important, comes under the "appelation des Côtes du Rhône méridionales" region. The wine-growing area of 760 hectares is composed of scrub-land and stony, terraced hill-slopes enjoying a mediterranean climate modified by a frequent and violent northerly wind ... the Mistral. The vines are rooted in a mixed soil, clay and chalk, with or without stones, grey or white marl, sand. The subsoil is mainly formed of marine and lacustrian sedimentary rock as well as alluvial deposits together with older deposits with signs of wind-erosion. The very quality and specificity of this soil, led the INAO to class Cairanne as a "Côtes du Rhône Villages", with the name of the town, in 1967.

The vineyard is planted with the classical grapes of our area : predominatly black Grenache, together with Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Counoise and Cinsault. The average age of the red vines is 47, the oldest vine, a Grenache plant, existed in 1902. The white vines, of a smaller quantity, are white Grenache, Clairette and Bourboulenc and are about 20 years old. In 1999 we planted a small section in Viognier on the Col du Débat area (white clay and pebbles) as we were looking for more complex fruitiness enhanced by the cripness given by the soil. Hese northerly slopes, exposed to the Mistral and to cold nights, give a greater natural acidity to the fruit, although harvested at complete maturity and full of sugar so providing a better-balanced wine.


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