Domaine le Grand Retour

GAEC Aubert Frères
Alain, Claude and Yves Aubert
Quartier Devoy 26290 Donzère
Tel. +33 475 516 301
Direct sale at Grand Retour: Monday-Saturday 10.00-12.30 and 14.00-18.30.
Direct sale: Caveau RN 7 Rond Point Sud,
Donzère.
Mail:
legrandretour@wanadoo.fr
Web:
http://www.chateaulegrandretour.com



Domaine le Grand Retour is quite a big property covering 150 ha in one block of parcels
situated in Tulette and at Plan de Dieu.
The estate was purchased by the three brothers Aubert in 1999. It had been owned by French people returning from Algeria in the 1960-ties.
When these winegrowers were in Algeira they invested in fields in France and planted wines here. When later they had to leave Algeria they found that the vines were ready to produce grapes for wine making - it was a grand retour for them.
Aubert Frères are one of the biggest land owners in the Rhone Valley with more than 450 ha of vineyards.
86 ha are situated in Donzere Drôme in AOP Grignan-les-Adhemar. The wines from here are made in cellars in Donzere and until 2015 the only place to buy the wines from the estates were in a shop by a round about south of Donzere.  
The vineyards in Vaucluse covers 156 ha Cotes du Rhone Village Plan de Dieu or Visan, 50 ha. Cotes du Rhone Village, 70 ha Cotes du Rhone and 74 ha. IGP. In 2015 a domain in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation was purchased, Chateau Husson in Courthezon with 10,5 ha of Chateauneuf du Pape, 6,5 ha of Cotes du Rhone Village and 3 ha of Cotes du Rhone.
Only a small part of the production from Vaucluse has until now been bottled at the domain as most of the wines - 2/3 - have been sold in tank to negociants.
Investments of 2 mill euros in 2015 in Travaillan indicate that a bigger part of the wines are intended to be bottled here. The investments includes a new ageing cellar and a reception for visitors which has been open since 2016.

Wines at Grand Retour according to website February 2018:

Chateauneuf du Pape Chateau Husson
2015: 60% Grenache, 35% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah.
85% aged in foudres and the rest in cement tank.

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Chateau Husson
2015: 60% Grenache Blanc, 20% Bourboulenc and 20% Clairette.
Aged in demi-muids for 12 months

Cotes du Rhone Village Plan de Dieu
2015: 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.

Cotes du Rhone Village Sainte Cécile
2016: 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah.

Cotes du Rhone Village Visan
2014: 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah.

Cotes du Rhone La Sérine
2014: 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah.

Cotes du Rhone La Serine Cuvée Vieilles Vignes
2012: 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah.

Grignan-les-Adhémar Le Devoy
2015: 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Carignan.

Grignan-les-Adhémar Le Devoy Cuvée Boisée
2014: 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache.

Grignan-les-Adhémar Le Devoy Cuvée Spéciale
2014: 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache.

Grignan-les-Adhémar Rosé Le Devoy
2016: 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah.

Grignan-les-Adhémar Blanc Le Devoy
2016: 25% Grenache Blanc, 30% Bourboulenc, 15% Clairette and 30% Viognier.

IGP de Méditerranée Blanc Cépage Chardonnany (2015)
IGP de Méditerranée Blanc Cépage Viognier
(2016).


Alain Aubert at the domain August 2016
Alain Aubert and Hugues Meffre are copresidents of the 
Syndicat of Plan de Dieu


Damien and Caroline Aubert, son and daughter of Alain Aubert - 2016
An older brother Aurelian works together with his mother Christine 
at Domaine Autrand in Vinsobres. Christine runs this domain as it's (will be)
a legacy from her father Louis Autrand.


Damien Aubert seams to be a good third hand to his father.
Photo from Salon des Vins Seguret July 2017


Left an airview of the domain before reception and office facilities were built ni 2015


The newer part of the cellar. The tanks to the right is brougt to the celler from Chateau Husson


The oldest part of the cellar


The quite new ageing cellar and stockage. Photo from the domain,

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Updated 08-02-2018