AOC Cotes du Rhone Village Laudun

   

1937: Cotes du Rhone
1953: Cotes du Rhone Laudun
1967: Cotes du Rhone Village Laudun
2013: Request to INAO for Laudun to be recognized as a CRU.

Cotes du Rhone Village Laudun may be made from certain vineyards in 3 communes in Gard, Laudun-l'Ardoise, Saint Victor-la-Coste and Tresques.
A new ecpected CRU Laudun will probably cover the same area.

The 3 communes

Commune

Inhab. 2015

Area in km2

Altitude

Laudun 6.117 34,2 26 - 274
Saint Victor la Coste 2.036 26,6 68 - 275
Tresques 1.088 17,9 63 - 285


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All three wine types are included in the village appellation. It may be expected that at least red and white wines will be included in the comming CRU as the white wines are recognized as very good and (in 2017) counts for 18% of the production.

In 2013 the producers the first steps asking INAO to be approved as a CRU announcing that at Facebook.

5 years later the work seames to succesfull. The syndicate has defined their proposals and geological experts from INAO are in the process of studiyng the terroir. Maybe the final decisions will be made in a foreseable future.

Declared area and yield 2013-2017

Vintage 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Hectares 466 529 537 584 513
Hectolitre 19205 20988 21068 19896 19415
Source: http://www.syndicat-cotesdurhone.com

Appellation Rules so far

The allowed grape varieties is the same as for other Cotes du Rhone village appellations

Rouge and RosÚ

Grenache must
be at least 50%.
Syrah and Mourvedre
must together be at least 20%.
Other grapes allowed for Cotes du Rhone,
must not exceed 20%.
White varieties may be used for rosÚ - as "other grapes".

Blanc
Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Viognier
must be at least 80% Other grapes allowed for Cotes du Rhone, may not exceed 20%

History

Laudun has been the normally used name but at newer maps it's called Laudun-l'Ardoise.
Until 2001 the name was "just" Laudun but since 1.2. 2001  the official name has been Laudun-l'Ardoise. Ardoise is the French word for slate.


North of Laudun you find Camp de CÚsar, a plateau with remains of a roman settlement (oppidum) which probably was in use for a thousand years until the 6th century.

I Laudun you find 4 buildings / properties which are rightly referred to as chateaux, Chateau de Bord, Chateau Saint Maurice, Chateau Ribas and Chateau de Lasqours.

Chateau de Bord, were left deserted after the revolution, and exists only as ruin remains found on the vineyards purchased by Maison Brotte (Chateauneuf du Pape) in 1991.
Chateau Saint Maurice is today owned by the wine producer Christophe Valat
Chateau de Ribas belongs to the Vidal family, a producer in Laudun of Cotes du Rhone.
Chateau de Lasqours is a privat owned place without vineyards.


Chateau Saint Maurice


Chateau Ribas


The original Chateau Laudun was built in 12th century. Through the centuries noble men and seigners have lived there.


Remarkable photos from
Tresques  - Saint-Victor-la-Coste - Laudun-l'Ardoise

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Updated 09-02-2019