Images of Côte-Rôtie

Dark schist over pale gneiss in lieu-dit La Côte Brune

 

Looking north-east: lieu-dit Fongeant is the central slope, that becomes lieu-dit La Côte Brune further down

 

The east-facing slope of lieu-dit La Côte Brune

 

Jean-Paul Jamet in front of his parcel of lieu-dit La Côte Brune

 

Lieu-dit La Landonne faces the river on a very steep slope, Ampuis in the background

 

Plentiful dark red iron oxide colouring in the schist of lieu-dit La Landonne

 

Schist on the left, gneiss on the right

 

Decomposed granitic sands, found at the far south of Côte-Rôtie near Condrieu

 

Pierre-Jean Villa

 

Pierre Rostaing

 

Yves Gangloff

 

Agnès Levet

 

Various vintages of La Péroline, Domaine Levet

 

An impromptu still life in the Guigal cellar

 

Syrah and Viognier cofermenting at Domaine de Monteillet

 

Ampuis at dusk

 


Images of Gadagne

Classic galet roulé soils of Gadagne

 

Xavier Anglès of Domaine du Bois de Saint Jean with a stone borne papale once used by the Avignon Popes to claim ownership of a vineyard

 

The village's full name is Châteauneuf de Gadagne, but AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape (only 15km away) insisted only they should use the word 'Châteauneuf' on the label.

 

Terroir is similar to Chateauneuf-du-Pape; the bruyère à Balaï only grows in these two places

 

Céline and Sylvain Boussier of Domaine de la Chapelle

 


Images of Rochegude

The Château de Rochegude in the heart of the village

 

Sandy soils of Rochegude near the Massif d'Uchaux

 

Domaine du Gourget

 

Vincent Baumet with his old bushvines on Rochegude garrigues terroir, closer to Suze-la-Rousse

 

Inside the Château de Rochegude


Images of Signargues

 

The galets roulés of Signargues, the same deposits as those found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

 

They go on for ever

 

Jean-Marie Granier of Les Vignerons d'Estézargues, one of the best cave co-operatives in the Rhône

 

Labels, old and new (two single estate bottlings from Les Vignerons d'Estézargues in the foreground)

 

Francis Fabre of Domaine des Romarins and president of the appellation. In the background, the village of Domazan is to your left, Estézargues to your right.

 

Bundle of grubbed up vines on the plateau of Signargues. Trunk diseases such as esca are a problem here, as they are throughout the region

 

Cave co-operative Les Vignerons du Castellas

 


Images of Massif d'Uchaux

 

Eric Plumet of Domaine la Cabotte

 

Domaine la Cabotte

 

Biodynamic water dynamiser at Domaine la Cabotte

 

Sandstone and limestone soils towards the north of Massif d'Uchaux

 

Pebbly sand and clay lower slopes towards the south of Massif d'Uchaux

 

Jérôme Hue of Domaine La Mas de Casalas

 

Robert (l) and Paul (r) Charavin of Domaine des Coteaux des Travers in their new vineyard towards the east of the appellation

 


Images of Saint-Maurice

 

One of the few things the village of Saint-Maurice has in common with Hollywood

 

Stony hills and valleys of Saint-Maurice

 

Philippe Viret of Domaine Viret

 

Spherical planting at Domaine Viret

 

Amphorae and porcelain spheres used as fermenting vessels at Domaine Viret

 

Thibaud Chaume of Domaine Chaume-Arnaud (l) and Adrien Fabre of Domaine la Florane (r) - the only two private domaines now producing AOC Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Saint-Maurice. Both biodynamic.


Images of Roaix

 

Frosty morning in Roaix

 

Looking east over the village of Roaix to the Baronnies beyond

 

Pebbly red and yellow clays of Roaix

 

Damien Chave of Domaine du Bramadou at the top of the Ventabren massif, very pebbly soils

 

Franck Molénat, president of Cave co-operative Les Vignerons de Roaix Séguret

 

Elodie Balme of Domaine Elodie Balme

 

Pebbly clay soils of Roaix looking south east towards Séguret and the Dentelles de Montmirail

 

The Ouvèze river, swollen here by heavy autumn rains, marks the south-eastern boundary of Roaix


Images of Grignan-les-Adhémar

 

Château Bizard

 

The grounds of Château Bizard

 

Tanks and barrels in Château Bizard

 

Grignan-les-Adhémar vineyards with the Lafarge concrete works in the background

 

Garrigues vineyards in the northern part of the appellation

 

Henri Bour of Domaine de Grangeneuve, previous president of the appellation Grignan-les-Adhémar

 

Mélina Monteillet of Domaine de Montine

 

Alain Bayonne of Cave la Suzienne


Images of Saint-Gervais

 

Claire Clavel of Domaine Clavel, one of the few private estates bottling wine in AOC Saint-Gervais

 

Frédéric Sablayrolles, Director of Production at Celliers des Chartreux on the Soleillan plateau in Saint-Gervais. They bought the local cave co-operative in 2015 and now make one white and one red AOC Saint-Gervais.

 

Limestone soils of the Soleillan plateau, the smaller of the two high-quality plateaux in Saint-Gervais

 

Domaine Sainte-Anne, situated on the larger Cellettes plateau in Saint-Gervais

 

Jean Steinmaier of Domaine Sainte-Anne

 

Autumn sunset over the Cellettes plateau


Images of Suze-la-Rousse

 

The village of Suze-la-Rousse, Mont Ventoux in the background

 

The Château of Suze-la-Rousse, which now houses the Université du Vin

 

Flat, stony garrigues terroir of Suze-la-Rousse

 

Ann Vermeersch of LePlan-Vermeersch

 

Vincent Boyer of Domaine la Bastide and president of the appellation Suze-la-Rousse

 

Outcrops of sand at the north of the appellation

 

Raphaël Knapp of Domaine La Borie

 

Rémy (l) and Luc Bayon (r) of Domaine des Gravennes

 

Gilles Cotin, archive manager at the Université de Vin who is retiring this year. Thanks to Gilles and the Université de Vin for giving me access to their formidable library. The university trains the next generation of wine professional, from viticulture and winemaking to marketing and oenotourisme. It also has short courses open to consumers; check out their website for more details.