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. 
Expected to be approved maybe in 2022 or for vintage 2023


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

Inh. 2019

Area - km2

Altitude

Laudun-l'Ardoise

6.331

34,2 26 - 274
Saint-Victor-la-Coste 2.135 26,6 68 - 275
Tresques 1.806 17,9 63 - 285

Appellation Rules so far

All three wine types are included in the village appellation. It may be expected that at least red and white wines both 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.

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.

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.


The original Chateau Laudun was built in the 12th century. 
Through the centuries noble men and seigneurs have lived there
Wines? No but probably a lot of land

Declared area and yield 2016-2020

Vintage 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Hectares 537 584 513 579 560
Hectolitre 21068 19896 19415 21633 17629
Source: http://www.syndicat-cotesdurhone.com

 

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Updated 22-03-2022