|Domaine du Banneret
Marie-Francoise and Jean-Claude Vidal
Rue Porte Rouge 35, 84230 Chateauneuf du Pape.
Tel. +33 490 837 204
Direct sale: Yes, but call before to be sure.
The roots of the family in the town dates back for
On the property they have documents dating back to 1405. The weapon on the label belonged to a famous forefather Jean Gaspard Bertet who was commander of
Illinois in 1625 (part of the French colony in America the French Louisiana).
There is no point in counting the generations from him to the owner today
Jean-Claude is an architect but when the former owner of the
family property in 1989 wanted to retire and it was a question if the domain had be sold
to someone outside the family Jean-Claude and his wife decided they would take
over and keep the domain in the family, and they became wine growers. They have done that
with great respect for the traditions. Everything in the vineyards and the cellar
are done strictly according to the way it has been done by generations before.
If a grape variety in the vineyard needs replanting they do it with
the same variety even if they have to wait a year or two to get the (maybe rare)
plant from the nursery.
The wines cover 4 ha with low yield. Fermenting takes place in tanks
situated in a small room at Rue des Cigales belonging to Vidal. When
the wine ary ready it's transported by car to the older barrels in
the cellar by Porte Rouge. Here the wines rest from one to many
It was the friend Henri Bonneau who taught Jean-Claude to
make wine His first vintages was made in Bonneau´s cellar.
Like the wines of Bonneau the wlnes are allowed to stay in
the barrels for several years. In 2014 you could taste wine from 2007
from a barrel and this wine was in a very good condition.
The wines are bottled by the help of a pipette, the labels are put on
the bottle by hand and so on. The wine is of course not
made in modern style and might be as close as you can imagine to a
classic Chateauneuf du Pape and that's presicely what Vidal wants it
Jean-Clude Vidal's nephew Jean-Marc
Espinasse tells about the domain:
"Our Estate is a small and very old village family owned vineyard (our
archives date from 1405). It has 5 parcels of vines all around the famous Castel
ruins. Grape varieties maintain the "13 grapes symphony" tradition and are
planted in the same location our ancestors did. Our vines are very old with low
yield but rich in quality.
Visitors are kindly received but it is better to call before since we are not
always opened. The offerings here are reds made from 60% Grenache, 10% Syrah,
10% Mourvèdre and 20% of the resting 9 grapes. The grapes are not destemmed,
fermented all together in concrete tanks and aged in old barrels (coming from
Burgundy) for 18 months. This method will give finess, powerness, complex aromas and
all it's original tannins.
It will the keep all it's richness and all the benefits:
Vitamins, rock salt, trace elements and tannins. Then, once bottled, labeled and
protected by a long cork, our wine will continue aging. It is a wine for laying
down that will evolve into a lighter color and such a typical "bouquet". We do
not filtrate, bottle by our own means and even stick the labels with glue by
Chateauneuf du Pape
2015: Mainly Grenache, but all 13 varieties are used.
Aged in barrels until more bottles are needed
Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
2017: 40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Clairette, 10%
Picardin, 5% Roussanne and 5% Bourboulenc. 15% vinified in barriques. 1200
In June and July you can rent
two lodgings that have each 4 persons capacity. Both open on
a terrace with a garden