- Wine: Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge
- Region: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône Valley
- Vines: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre & Cinsault
- Domaine: La Fagotière
- Winemaker: Pascal Chastan
- Guide bottle price: £16.94 (collect price)*
Your allocation: 48 bottles per year – you can order as much as you want (6s/12s), no obligation to buy
Exclusive wine: Yes
Annual vintage release: May
Accommodation nearby: Yes, we can arrange
Event at this vineyard: Yes, we visit the vineyard during our Grape Picking weekend & dine with the winemakers during our Truffle Hunt
The vines & wine
These vines are situated on the flat boulder strewn plain that is classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape terroir. Here, these Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre vines are up to 100 years old and situated within the Palestor section of the vineyard. They are tended to organically.
The boulders carpet the vineyard surface and represent the finest part of the large Châteauneuf area. They are called Galettes Roulées. This land is difficult to work, especially when the Mistral wind blows hard, as it often does. Pascal laughs when he shows you the numerous implements that he has broken whilst working the soils. His backdrop though is spectacular – the iconic Mont Ventoux in the background as well as the incredible jagged mountain range called the Dentelles de Montmirail.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a heady blend of up to thirteen grape varieties. In reality, few use all thirteen – most use three or four. The wines are spicy, peppery and full bodied with tannins that become sweet and silky smooth with time.
Pascal makes delicious Châteauneuf. They are pure and fragrant, with lovely red and black fruits laced with herbs, spice and liquorice. Each year your exclusive blend changes, depending on the vintage, though heady Grenache or spicy Syrah usually forms the majority of the mix.
The southern Rhône is full of history, stunning scenery and wonderful gastronomy.
Obviously wine is a big attraction and almost everywhere, you can find brilliantly made wines from humble Côtes du Rhônes through to iconic Châteauneuf-du-Pape. However, there is so much to see and do.
If you enjoy walking or cycling, then heading for the Dentelles de Montmirail hills is a must. The views from here are stunning and you will see the famous wine villages dotted below.
Picturesque hilltop villages, wild scenery, lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards of gnarled old vines make this one of the most attractive and interesting parts of France to visit.
The climate is as warm and heady as the wines. The intoxicating smell of herbs – thyme and rosemary – from the garrigue scrubland are carried on the wind, along with the sound of cicadas that create a cacophony of sound at sunset. It’s a rugged, romantic, epic region that is just a stone’s throw away from the famous Côtes d’Azur … and another world, entirely!
* Wine prices may vary slightly due to exchange rate differences. If you choose to have your wine shipped to the UK, shipping costs and duty will be added.