The Domaine Juliette Avril Estate is a family-run wine estate. In 1988, Marie Lucile Brun took over management of the estate, succeeding her mother, Juliette Avril. Her son, Stephan Brun, joined her in 2000 to head the estate's commercial, administrative and viticulture departments.
As First Consuls of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the Avril family has cultivated centuries of winegrowing and Provençal tradition. As early as 1928, before the Appellation of Controlled Origin (A.O.C.) was officially introduced, Juliette Avril's father, Jean Avril, along with other local notable figures, participated in establishing fundamental rules for developing Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine.
The estate consists of 38 hectares of vineyard, including 22 hectares of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 6 hectares of Côtes du Ventoux and 2 hectares of Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne and Plan de Dieu. Half of vines in the vineyard are more than 50 years old, including Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, and Roussane grape varieties planted according to ancestral methods. The vineyard can be essentially broken down into two parts: The northern sector consists of fertile plateaus, rich in argilo-calcareous soil and cobblestones, while further south the soil is filtering and gravely.
The Domaine is equipped with an ultra-modern cellar in which it vinifies its wine. Stainless steel tanks for vinification, pneumatic press and a temperature control system. Gravity techniques are used as much as possible. Concrete tanks are used for the second fermentation and storage of the wine. Ten-percent of our harvest is then placed in vats. Once the vinification process is completed, after 16 months of work, the vintage is bottled.
Producer Domaine Juliette Avril
Category Wine - Still - Red
Grapes Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre
Geography Rhône Valley, France
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