Le Vieux Donjon
Claire Fabre and François Michel (Seurs)
17, Route de Courthezon, 84232 Chateauneuf du Pape Cedex.
Tel. +33 490 490 837 003
Direct sale: Yes.
The domain was founded by the father of Lucien Michel, Marcel
Michel, who did the first bottling at his domain in 1966. Since 1979 Marie José
and Lucien Michel have run the property.
The next generation Claire Fabre has since 2008 had the responsability for the
winemaking. She is married to
another winegrower Adrien Fabre Domaine la Florane
In 2013 Claire's brother François joined her at the domain, and the two of them
became officially responsible for the property together with their mother Marie
The domain covers 15 ha of Chateauneuf du Pape, one of
them with white varieties.
The vinification process is in the best sence of
the word traditional. Only one cuvée of red and of white
Chateauneuf du Pape is made. The grapes for the reds have for a great part
since 1991 been destemmed.
The cellar of the domain is situated by the route from
Chateauneuf du Pape to Courthezon. In 2011 an office and reception were built by
the cellar. Since then you can buy the wines here if anyone is present. The
bottling and the storing of the wines takes place at Prestige et Tradition south
of the village owned by several smaller domains together.
Lucien and Marcel Michel live at 9, Avenue Saint Joseph,
the former centre of the domain, when Claire and her husband live in a house in Chateauneuf du
Chateauneuf du Pape
10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault.
Aged for 6 months in cement tank and
then for about 12 months in foudres.
Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
2016: 50% Clairette og 50% Grenache Blanc.
Fabre at Les Printemps 2015
François Michel and Claire Fabre.
The cellar at Route de
Couthezon. You find it by the asphalt road to Chateau de Vaudieu.
In 2011 a reception and an office were built by the cellar. No signs
by the road.
Mama, Marie Michel presented the
wines at Les Printemps 2014
as Claire is the president for Jeunes Vignerons du
Chateauneuf du Pape
who is hosting this event.
If you visit winegrowers in Rhone
for some days there is a good chance
that you will meet Philippe Cambie. Here at Vieux Donjon
where he has been oenological advisor since 2002
Index Chateauneuf du Pape