The vineyard expands over 10Ha made up of 23 plots of vines; it’s the diversity of terroir and the geographical position of these plots of land that helps create the complex aromatic pallet that one finds in our wines.
The average age of the vines is 55 years old and our oldest vines, planted by Stephanie’s grandfather Eugène, are today over 100 years old (1901).
The best part of the estate is planted with Grenache, the noble grape variety of the appellation; the rest is made up of a few plots of Syrah and Mourvèdre, not to mention a smattering of Cinsault for the Rosé.
Domaine du Gour de Chaulé, situated in the heart of the village of Gigondas, was founded in 1900 by Eugene Bonfils, the great-grandfather of the current proprietor, Stephanie Fumoso. In 1970 Rolande, Stephanie’s grandmother, successfully implemented the commercialisation of wine bottled at the estate. In 1985 her daughter Aline, developed and modernised the estate introducing a controlled, minimal intervention, form of agriculture, Lutte Raisonnée (respectful to the environment), working alongside a specialist agricultural engineer, effective since 2002, as part of an HACCP move towards quality. Aline also believes strongly in Grenache as the heart and soul of Gigondas, and she has passed on this philosophy to her daughter, Stéphanie. Thus, 85% of the vineyards are planted to Grenache, with approximately 10% dedicated to Syrah and Mourvèdre and the rest, Cinsault.
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
Partner with; grilled or roasted red meats, duck with olives, Bresse Chicken, country salad, goats cheese, melon and strawberries in the summer months.