La Durbane

Florence Wesch Giornal and Thomas Wesch
Le Pelori 84860 Caderousse.
Tel. +33 624 398 206
Direct sale: So far not
Mail: florence@ladurbane.fr  
Web: https://www.chateauneuf.com/de-la-durbanne/

The domain was established in 1999 by Jean-Louis Giornal, At that time he was an accountant for winegrowers and had for some years wished to be a winegrower himself. In 1999 he got the opportunity to aquire 4 ha of Chateauneuf du Pape and 2 ha of Cotes du Rhone from a family friend.
As he is a friend of
François Perrin at Chateau de Beaucastel he got the chance to be able to do the winemaking process at the Perrin’s Family site Grand Prébois. He added some vineyards and when he retired he left 7 ha of Chateauneuf du Pape, 5 ha. of Cotes du Rhone and 4,3 ha of Vin de France
with Syrah and Viognier.
Today it's
Jean-Louis Giornal's daugther and Florence Wesch Giornal and her husbond Thomas Wesch who is in charge. They tell about their project:

"
My husband and I are both studied chemistry, and used to work in research for a Pharmaceutical company in Switzerland. We are also passionate about wine, and decided 5 years ago to give up with chemistry, and go on with wine-growing and -making. We arrived in September 2019 for our first winemaking, and our first own harvest. This has been thrilling, we learned a lot and we are so happy with this life change.
Our aim for the future is to learn with the Perrin family, and to be able to craft our own wines in the future. We want to develop the bottle market, as we mainly sell bulk wines at the moment. This would allow us to build our own cellar, and be totally independent.

From a philosophic point of view, we are not yet producing Organic wines (not labelled), but we are planning that. We are already almost organic (working on soils, very little use of synthetic crop protection products, trying to develop biodiversity, etc). We are very concerned with climate change, and try to reduce our waste (in everyday life and business life) as far as possible, and are working on the reduction of the Estate Carbon footprint."



Wines so far

Chateauneuf du Pape
2017: 95% Grenache, 3% Mourvedre, 2% Syrah. 60-years-old vines
Fermented in wooden tank. Matured in steel for 18 months.

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
2018: 100% Roussanne. Fermented and aged in demi-muids for 6 months

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