Ce châteauneuf-du-pape offre à la fois une exubérance de ses arômes fruités, et une belle puissance tannique. Il pourra être gardé une dizaine d'années, et servi sur une daube provençale. More info
The vines are divided over four types of soil: the round pebbles of Diluvium Alpin (which give the wine its body), the limestone of Urgonien (necessary for the minerality), brown soil and safres (for finesse and elegance). Harvesting is done by hand, in small crates and ageing lasts 9 to 14 months in vats and barriques which have held from two to six wines. This is a very aromatic wine on the nose, mainly offering aromas of violet and liquorice. On the palate, the tannins are silky yet extensive.
The Brunel family have been in the viticultural business since the 17th century. In 1945, Gaston Brunel, a well-known negociant, bought Château de la Gardine. The origins of the name Gardine are disputed: some say the name refers to the position of the château as a “guard” looking out over the Rhone Valley while overs believe it comes from the Gardini, the name of a noble family, who possibly owned the estate at one point. Nowadays, the domain is run by Gaston Brunel’s two sons, Patrick and Maxime, and spreads over 52 hectares of vines in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. 70% of production is exported to around 30 countries. In 1998, anticipating the success of the terroirs of Lirac, the family decided to buy Château Saint Roch, that is, 40 hectares of incredibly good value for money vines. They also run a successful merchant business, thanks to the confidence that Patrick Brunel inspires in the region’s other growers. In the past 20 years, the family has made great effort to respect the environment: they support biodiversity (with a 20 hectare forest surrounding the vines), grass growing between the vines, vinification with minimal use of sulphur and the use of indigenous yeasts.
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