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The Brunel Family“Être vigneron c’est savoir être Honnête, Patient, Adaptable, Loyal.” Patrick Brunel

Family and Tradition

The winemaking tradition of the Brunel family goes back to the 17th century. Gaston Brunel, a famous négociant, acquired the Château de la Gardine in Châteauneuf du Pape in 1945. The estate is now run by his two sons, Maxime and Patrick with the help of their wives Maryse and Eve and some of their children and grandchildren, Marie-Odile, Philippe, Guillaume and Thibaut. The estate spreads over 52 ha of vineyards (48 ha of red and 4 ha of white) and 20 ha of forests, all gathered around the property. The domaine is famous for the quality of their wines and for the unique Gardine bottle. Today around 70% of the production is exported in about 30 countries.

Roots in the Rhône

In 1998, feeling the potential of the Lirac terroir, they also bought the Château Saint Roch in Roquemaure (40 ha), where a selection of red, white, and rosé wines is produced. It is Eve Brunel, who is also the oenologist for both La Gardine and St Roch, who runs the estate.
Robert Parker says: "Not to be overlooked is the Brunel family’s Chateau Saint Roch estate in Lirac, from which some terrific bargains emerge."

The Gardine mouldToday the Brunel family comes back to the négoce tradition in the family with “Brunel de le Gardine”, allowing them to offer a wide range of both Southern and Northern Rhône appellations. Patrick Brunel chooses the best wines from each appellation using trustful relations with top winegrowers in the area. The family then uses all their knowledge and experience blending and maturing the wines, respecting tradition and the typicity of each terroir. The quality packaging, with the Gardine special bottle, is the signature of this fine selection.

The Gardine bottle

The Gardine bottle, both original and elegant, is the result of a happy coincidence...
When he first wanted to expand his cellar, while digging in the ground, Gaston Brunel found a mouth-blown bottle. He loved it and decided to use a similar shape for all his wine. At the beginning, he had to go all the way to Italy to find a glass supplier that was able to make it. Since 1964 all our wines have been bottled in the unique La Gardine shaped-bottle.

cicada and ant in Gardine's vineyardsRespecting the environment

Winegrowers are amongst the first ones to experience the effects of the climate change. At Château de la Gardine, our practices have always been very respectful of the planet.

  • Organic fertilization 
  • Biodiversitty; (20 ha of forest, apicultural set-asside areas, insect houses)
  • Controlled weeding

 

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Rasteau
Château de la Gardine

2018

Fruity, spicy and supple. From our magnificent terroirs in Rasteau.

Chateauneuf du Pape
Château de la Gardine
Cuvée des Générations Marie-Léoncie
2018

Old vines Roussanne. Gold, complex, intense...

Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc
Château de la Gardine
Cuvée Tradition
2019

The roundness of white Châteauneuf and the minerality of our Urgonian ...

Chateauneuf du Pape
Château de la Gardine
Cuvée Peur Bleue
2018

Our non-added sulfites cuvée!
1/3 Grenache, 1/3 Mourvèdre, 1/3 Syrah.

Chateauneuf du Pape
Château de la Gardine
Cuvée Immortelle
2011

"La crème de la crème". Robert Parker 96.
1/3 old vines Grenache, 1/3...

Chateauneuf du Pape
Château de la Gardine
Cuvée des Générations Gaston-Philippe
2012

In tribute to the predecessors Gaston and Philippe Brunel.
1/3 old vi...

Chateauneuf du Pape
Château de la Gardine
Cuvée des Générations Gaston-Philippe
2017

In tribute to the predecessors Gaston and Philippe Brunel.
1/3 old vi...

Chateauneuf du Pape
Château de la Gardine
Cuvée Tradition
2012

In our beautiful special-shaped jeroboam.

Chateauneuf du Pape
Château de la Gardine
Cuvée Tradition
2018

Chateauneuf du Pape
Château de la Gardine
Cuvée Tradition
2018

In our beautiful special-shaped jeroboam.

Rasteau
Château de la Gardine

2018

Fruity, spicy and supple. From our magnificent terroirs in Rasteau.

Rasteau
Château de la Gardine
Même pas peur
2019

Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge
Château de la Gardine
Cuvée des Générations Gaston-Philippe
2009

In tribute to the predecessors Gaston and Philippe Brunel.
1/3 old vi...