Founded in 1920 by Pierre Auguste Chastan, the estate is now run by sisters Dany and Carole Chastan who have held onto the natural farming methods, love of the land, and traditions instilled in them.
This wine is near its peak, so enjoy now and over the next 12 months.
Certified organic for four decades is an incredible achievement, and a testament to true southern Rhone wines. The estate encompasses 29 hectares across Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and Seguret. Characterized by steep slopes and soils of clay with dolomite and gypsum over limestone, the vines are low yield and entirely organic.
Little has changed in the past century, the grapes are hand harvested, pressed underfoot and fermented with natural yeasts in concrete tanks. The wines are never fined or filtered, very little sulphur (usually used as a preservative) is added, and the wines are aged in old oak casks.
The southern Rhone is one of the most important regions in France. Wines from here are warmer, richer, and spicier, not to mention usually higher in alcohol content than their northern counterparts. This is due to the Mediterranean climate, meaning milder, drier winters and hot summers. There are 15 Appellation D’origin Controlee (AOC) designations in the southern Rhone, with the Gigondas AOC and Vacqueyras AOC located south of the Cotes du Rhone Villages (named villages), and northeast of Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC.