Château de la Gardine is an estate of 54 hectares in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a family run vineyard which displays the 3 type of soils of the designation.
In 1963 48 hectares Rasteau and Côtes-du-Rhône Villages completed the range.
In 1998 40 hectares of CHÂTEAU ST ROCH designation Lirac have been added to the family estate.
With the new brand BRUNEL DE LA GARDINE, the range has been developped with some chosen Crus of the Northern and Southern Rhône Valley.
A breathtaking bird’s-eye view awaits you as soon as you set foot on the Château de La Gardine panoramic terrace. From this outstanding point you can directly read the geography, history and geology of the Appellation Châteauneuf du Pape on the landscape.
In the hollow of this wonderful setting made from East to West of terraces combining big quartz shingles and red clay, Miocene marls and clays and Quaternary limestones, the gaze will be driven south to the Rhône’s majesty and the crest line of the Alpilles and Luberon. One catches a glimpse of Avignon under the sun’s brightness and the Mistral’s breath.
Between the Ouvèze’s Valley and the course of the Rhône this unique terroir spreads out on more than 3200 ha (7900 ac), patiently built over time from East to West by the course change of the Rhône .
Core of the Southern Rhône Valley, the wine-growing region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is its hottest and driest spot displaying a very typical mediterranean climate with a permanently blowing Mistral.
This one forces to prune the vines very short and to have very low yields but it cleanses naturally the vineyards all year long. 2800 hours of sunshine around the year guarantee optimal ripeness and contribute to the outstanding quality of one of the most famous French Crus.
The Brunel Family has been making wines in the Southern Rhône Valley since 1670. Their story in Châteauneuf du Pape starts in the middle of the 20th century. They made this old and famous but a bit forgotten Estate one of the first of contemporary Châteauneuf du Pape.
Four generations lived, worked and are still thriving in Château de La Gardine, cultivating the vineyards and creating genuine wines, true to their soils and vintages. The 8 family members, representing 3 generations, are proud to offer you their wines of Châteauneuf du Pape red and white, their Rasteau and Lirac as well as other selected crus of the Southern and Northern Rhône Valley.
All those wines are a testimony to their Designation as well as one for the family spirit, all oriented towards quality, authenticity and a deep respect and understanding of the environment.
Express the purest and frankest expression of the soils, the grapes’ and vintages’ genuineness in the wines while protecting the environment : that’s the challenge the 8 members of the Brunel Family set themselves each and every year.
The Château de La Gardine 54 ha (133 ac) in Châteauneuf du Pape and 48 ha (118 ac) in Rasteau as well as the Château Saint-Roch 40 ha (98 ac) in Lirac present a huge variety of soils and geographic and climatic expositions.
Quite a good proportion of the estate is kept wild and forested. These set-aside zones are equally distributed all through the vineyards. They form oases of freshness assuaging the mediterranean climate’s periods of drought and build natural shelters for pollinating insects and local fauna and flora.
A lot of the plots are situated near the Rhône River. This regular amount of freshness allows for the Wihite Châteauneuf-du-Pape to be particularly expressive and for the grape Mourvèdre to come out at it’s fullest.
The Family’s “Less is More” policy, thoroughly developed through times either in the vineyards or in the winemaking, based on long-term modeling patterns, is very scarce on intrants, those being as natural as possible.
The result is that Château de La Gardine and Château Saint-Roch Crus, Côtes-du-Rhône Village and Côtes-du-Rhône offer wines which are very fresh, vivid and fruity, outstandingly true to their soil of origin, their vintage and also to the personality of their winemaker.
Château de La Gardine wines are bottled since 1964 in an exclusive flask, fruit of the historical mind and the marketing genius of Gaston Brunel, patriarch and founding winemaker of the modern Château de La Gardine.
While digging the second underground cellar under the old house in the mid-fifties, the Brunel Family made an archeological find which has been pivotal for the Estate’s future.
It was a very old hand-blown flask, one of the first to have been used in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to bottle wines in History. Out of all modern standards, it was showing a very special etching which has been put on our today’s bottles, whose form has been carved following the shape of this old flask.
This well recognisable form connects the pioneer past of the Estate to it’s always very creative present. Gaston Brunel made his Rhône Crus and wines part of the ancient history of his Estate and launched them successfully in the future. This bottle has been the mean to the Brunel Family’s very own conquest of the West, selling first in North America and then throughout the world.
You will find this unique flask almost everywhere, where people enjoy good eating and wines, on connoisseur tables as well as in the best restaurants.