village of Laudun in the Côtes du Rhône is set to become its own
Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) by its 2023 vintage, following
decades of lobbying. The commune lies in the southern half of the Rhône
Valley and is known for its fresh, floral white wines.
The designation would follow local villages Rasteau and Cairanne in
being its own Protected Designation of Origin.
thought that the new Laudun AOP will officially come into play in June
of this year, though the status will not appear on wine labels until the
2023 vintage, by which time it will be “the conclusion of a great
undertaking,” Luc Pélaquié, head of the Laudun winegrowers’ union,
told newspaper Midi
Libre. “I salute the hard work and spirit of the winegrowers
who have labored for the future of local viticulture.”
was first registered as an appellation with France’s national body,
the INAO, in 1953. However, regional politics saw the area fall into the
remit of the Côtes du Rhône Villages and Laudun became a Côtes du Rhône
Villages title in the mid-1960s.
winemakers, however, have continued to lobby for the region to have its
own appellation and in December 2021, the INAO presented their most
recent findings on the proposition. This was followed by a vote earlier
this month by winemakers in the region to ascertain whether Laudun
growers and winemakers were willing to proceed with the petition. The
vote showed overwhelming support for the decision, coming in at a strong
majority of 88 votes to seven.
move would make Laudun and its 560 acres of vineyards an official
“Cru” of the Côtes du Rhône.
public inquiry by the INAO will now take place in order to establish the
official area of production.
Côtes du Rhône Villages Laudun title encompasses the communes of
Laudun, Saint-Victor-la-Coste et Tresques in the Gard departement on the
right bank (west) of the Rhône, north of Lirac and Tavel, and over the
river from (and to northwest of) Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
region is known for being one of the region’s largest producers of
white wines, with Laudun whites making up around a quarter of all
production in the area.