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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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)…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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