Laudun Chusclan Vignerons
Avenue Général de Gaulle
+33 (0)4 66 90 55 22
Monday - Saturday:
1st Sept – 30th April: 9am – 12pm and 2pm - 6.30pm
1st May – 31st August: 9am – 12.30pm and 2.30pm - 6.45pm
Sunday: 9am – 1pm all year round / 9am - 1pm and 3pm - 6pm in July and August.
On the right bank of the river Rhône some 15 km from Châteauneuf du Pape, we find vineyards belonging to the Laudun Chusclan Vignerons, whose Laudun and Chusclan terroirs are both part of the Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC area. In 2008, the Cave des Vignerons de Laudun, (established in 1925) joined forces with the Vignerons de Chusclan (est. 1939) to form the Laudun Chusclan Vignerons group. Their aim is to work with their vines, grapes and wines in a ‘Spirit of Excellence’.
Extraordinary diversity of terroir
With over 3,000 hectares, the Laudun-Chusclan vineyards are among the largest on the right bank of the Rhône, offering an extraordinarily diverse range of terroirs.
The vineyards lie across the terraces of the right bank of the Rhône, bordered by a number of different rivers and enjoying a moderate Mediterranean climate – a mix of geographical features which produces wines with admirable freshness.
Wines made by the Laudun Chusclan Vignerons group draw on the experience of 250 winegrowing families and their teams of meticulous, professional experts. They express to perfection the subtle nuances of these extraordinarily rich terroirs.
Black grape varieties dominate here, notably Grenache and Syrah – these give southern Rhône wines their famous typicity. Other varieties include:
For reds: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Counoise
For whites: Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Clairette Blanche and Roussanne
Maintaining the vineyards for future generations
Protecting the environment
Since 1998, the Laudun and Chusclan winegrowers have been committed to taking care of the environment, pledging to help with its preservation by defining rigorous environmental specifications for each plot. These include rebuilding walls, maintaining natural flora and promoting agricultural methods harmless to the eco-system.
Meanwhile, around one hundred hectares are farmed organically, the starting point for our Terra Vitae range which includes Côtes du Rhône Villages Laudun in white and red, and Côtes du Rhône.
Protecting and showcasing our heritage
In partnership with other local businesses, the Laudun Chusclan vignerons have helped to build up a Centre for Rural Excellence in Chusclan and Laudun, known as ‘Vignobles et Paysages’ – vineyards and landscapes.
Two different winemaking trails have been created for visitors around this theme. The first is entitled ‘La Vigne dans le Temps’ (Vineyards through Time), the second 'La Vigne des Sens’ (Vineyards and the Senses). The trails, and a host of other wine tourism initiatives including winery visits, special events such as the traditional ‘Feria des Vins de Laudun,’ historical re-enactments ‘Vendanges de l’Histoire’ or a special weekend for tasting the year’s new wines are all designed to showcase the wine heritage of Laudun and Chusclan.
Future-proofing the vineyards and encouraging the next generation
In keeping with the values of the cooperative’s founders, the Laudun Chusclan Vignerons group also help promote sustainability in their members’ vineyards, and support new winegrowers who wish to make their future here.
They do this by ensuring that plots of vineyard are made available, or by sharing certain terroirs, encouraging newcomers to make their plans a reality. The winery also shares a number of its lease agreements, not only to help new vignerons become established, but to allow them to continue doing the work they love in this highly respected terroir.