As the crow flies, these vineyards are close to Gigondas, but the soils are different. Here vineyards are composed of terraces, some formed by alluvial material left behind by the Ouvèze River and some by ancient glaciers. These fields came under the family’s care in 2001 through the wife of my brother Gilles, as she inherited them from her father.
To me, our Vacqueyras fields have a rustic character, earthy and honest. This is a character that that one needs to respect — but under the condition that one must tame its raw power, the richness of its primary material, to reveal in the finished wine Vacqueyras’ inherent elegance.