This winter is a special one for Sylvie Vacheron, the vineyard owner, as “Le Clos du Caillou” is celebrating 60 years since its foundation. A source of pride for this property in Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf du Pape, as well as a surge of memories…
The Berthet-Rayne family settled in Courthezon four generations ago. This is where they tend their vineyards, to the north-east of the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation (some of their vines are over 100 years old!!!) on a clay and limestone soil with lots of rounded rocks, typical of the appellation.
For the last few years the Mouriesse wine laboratory in Châteauneuf-du-Pape has been developing wine tasting workshops for individuals and wine enthusiasts of all levels. Perfect for shattering the myths surrounding wine tasting; you will finally be able to find the words and know what to look out for when tasting a good wine or even an average wine. I slipped into an introductory workshop with a few beginners, to see if we could get away with telling the wine maker “This one’s got legs!” without being politely shown the door.
A huge chestnut cask dating from the 14th century and video screens, a giant press from the 16th and a museum of more up-to-date items; the Châteauneuf du Pape Wine Museum has been revamped. This third-generation museum is far from the conventional idea of a dusty museum full of old tools!