Domaine de Pignan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Grapes are sourced from vines aged over 60 years
- Unique soil type consisting of clayey – sandy shingles, providing the ideal growing conditions for healthy, vibrant grapes.
Varietal Composition: 40% Grenache blanc, 20% Roussanne, 20% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc, 5% Picpoul, 5% Picardan
Elaboration: Hand harvest, pneumatic pressing with complete de-stemming. Fermentation occurs at low temperatures, 61 °F – 64 °F. 25% of the wine is then aged in new French oak barrels, with regular stirring of the lees for 6 months before bottling.
Tasting Notes: Juicy and fresh feel on the palate, as well as medium-bodied richness, pretty notes of green herbs, mint, spice and wet rock, and a crisp clean finish.
Domaine de Pignan has a rich, long history in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Antoine and Sophie Pécoul created the estate in 1855, with the acquisition of 5 hectares on the hillside next to the Pope’s castle. The property would be known as Domaine Antoine Pécoul.
The estate continued to be a family-owned property, remaining in the hands of the same family since it was originally created and passed down to multiple generations of family members. Since those early days, the subsequent generations have managed to triple the size of vineyards to their current size of 15 hectares.
Prior to 1960, the majority of the harvest was sold to negociants. Then in 1960, Louis and René Pécoul began producing, bottling, and selling their own wine under the Pécouls Frères label. The future was looking bright.
In 1989, Frédéric Charvin, the great, great, grandson of Antoine and Sophie, took charge of the estate, ushering in a new era and a new name for the estate: Domaine de Pignan. The future had arrived.