François and Marie Giraud
19, Chemin du Bois de la Ville 84230 Chateauneuf du Pape.
Tel. +33 490 837 349 Mobil: +33 616 999 197
Direct sale: Monday - Friday 9.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00
In 1974 Pierre and Mireille Giraud founded
the domain with 4 rented ha. At the same time they ran a destillery. In
1984 more vineyards were purchased and the destillery equipment were
changed to tanks and foudres for winemaking.
The daughter Marie and the son François
both got a solid wine education.
In 1998 the daughter Marie returned to
the domain. At the same year the first wines were bottled at the domain.
Later on François returned to the domain, and he and Marie took over
after their parents. François is responsible for the
vineyards and Marie for the
vinification in the cellars.
The estate covers 30 ha of vineyards 30
ha. 8 ha mainly with 100-years-old vines are situated in one block at
Gallimardes, 1 ha of them with white varieties. The soil here is with big
stones (galllimardes) with underlaying clay. A soil giving strong wines.
At the lieux-dits Pignan and La Crau are also 100-years-old Grenache. The
soil here is sandy.
Since 2011 the vineyards have been certified agriculture biologique.
Chateauneuf du Pape Promeses
2015: 100% Grenache from vines
less than 50-years-old.
2/3 matured in cement tanks, the rest in older barrels.
Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition
Grenache, 35% Syrah and 5%
Average age of vines 70 years. Grenache and Mourvedre maturing for 18
months in concrete tanks and Syrah aged in barrels.
Chateauneuf du Pape Les Gallimardes
2016: 90% Grenache (centenary
vines) and 10% Syrah ("only" 40-years-old).
Lieu-dit Gallimardes for this wine has the big stones with clay soils - a
terroir for "strong" wines. Maturing/ageing as for Tradition.
Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Les Grenache de Pierre
2016: As the name indicate: 100% Grenache
with centenary vines. The soil is sandy at La Crau and Pignan. Matured in
cement tanks for 18 months.
Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Les Gallimardes
2016: Equal shares of Grenache Blanc,
Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Clairette.
50% is fermented in barriques or demi-muids.
Cotes du Rhone
Les Sables d'Arène
2016: 100% Grenache planted around 1950. The vines are grown
inside AOP Lirac but here Grenache is not allowed as single
variety in the vineyards
Cotes du Rhone Les Sables
2016: 50% Clairette
and 50% Grenache Blanc
VDF Marie & François
2016: 50% Syrah, 40% Cinsault and 10% other varieties.