Domaine du Vieux Lazaret, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2021, Rhone, France

Domaine du Vieux Lazaret is one of the main estates of the Appellation and one of the oldest, dating from 1748. The domaine covers around 100 ha, spread over the 3 typical terroirs. All 13 grape varieties are cultivated on our lands. At the beginning of the 19th century, the Quiot family bought an old Lazaret (a hospice run by religious Lazarists who played a very important part at the time of the 1720 plague, when a third of the village population died) and built up a proper domaine by linking up plots of land owned on the commune. “The plots are spread all around the village, which allows us to benefit of the advantages the Appellation area can offer in terms of climatological varieties, terroirs and exposure. All 13 traditional allowed grape varieties are cultivated on our lands. This allows us balanced wines, all in finesse.” Terroir: 3 major soil types : soils with rolled pebbles, stony terraces with sand and gravel sub-soils and clay soils formed from the limestone mother rock. Traditional vinification. Total de-stemming, pumping over twice a day. Vatting time: 2 to 3 weeks in concrete vats. Matured for 18 months in vats and barrels (15%). Varietals: Cinsault, Counoise, Grenache noir, Mourvedre, Muscardin, Syrah, Terret noir, Vaccarese.