Domaine du Vieux Lazaret, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016, Rhone, France

This estate is owned by the Quiot family, vineyard owners in Châteauneul-du-Pape for over 3 centuries. All the authorized varieties are planted on its 230 acres. This wine is 67% Grenache, 22% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 6% all others. There are 3 major soil types, soils with rolled pebbles, stony terraces with sand and gravel sub-soils & clay soils formed from the limestone mother rock. Virtually total de-stemming, pumping over twice a day, vatting time 2-3 weeks in concrete vats. Matured for 18 months in vats and ‘foudres’ (15%). The origin of the name ‘Vieux Lazaret’ dates back to the 18th century, when a hospice (or Lazaret) existed in the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This hospice, provided by the Lazarists, offered comfort and shelter for the poor and infirm. The Lazarists were a silent order of monks, which were founded in 1625 by St Vincent de Paul to look after the sick and the needy in the French countryside. The buildings eventually fell into disuse, and were sold by the commune during the 19th century to the Quiot family. Afterwards, the Quiot family used the structures as agricultural buildings. While originally situated in the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in close proximity to other properties owned by the Quiot family, these original buildings have today been extended and modernized, and now form the main center of the agricultural activities of Vignobles Jérôme Quiot.