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This charming village on the right bank of the Rhône produces wines whose reputation spreads far and wide.

They were already very much in vogue at the time of Louis XIV, when they were served with Lapin d’Arbousset, a fashionable rabbit recipe created by Maréchal de Gramont. The recipe still reigns as part of the area’s culinary heritage.

The winegrowers in this relatively small vineyard area continue to pursue quality ; the hillsides and terraces of rounded cobbles are devoted to growing Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, the appellation’s three primary varietals. They produce well-coloured red wines with flavours of red and black berry fruit and spices, and are rounded, supple and generous. With a little less body than some of their neighbours, Chusclan reds can be enjoyed young, or after a year or two in the cellar, depending on the vintage.

These are easy-drinking, sun-drenched wines Chusclan also makes very popular rosé wines. Although they make up only a small part of total production, they have plenty of character, and were the reason for the appellation’s early popularity. The rosés grow in sandy clay soils, and are quite unexpectedly bold: candy pink, with red berry fruit and spice flavours, and a striking, intense freshness. And these are just some of the treasures tucked away in this quiet corner of the Gard.

Chusclan

History

1967
1967

Birth of AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Chusclan

Bronze age swords, bracelets and burial mounds found in the area suggest very early human settlements. In the 17th century, the village of Chusclan was a dependency of the Viguerie (administrative court) of Uzès, which already used the Côte du Rhône name. Chusclan wines have long had a reputation for being sunny and carefree, and were a firm favourite with French aristocrat Madame de Sévigné who wrote to her daughter, “Our good priest is very keen to try this Chusclan wine, which, they say, will add 10 years to his life. The thought cheers him - both the idea of a Chusclan wine, and of re-discovering his lost youth...”

Côtes du Rhône Chusclan rosés were awarded Côtes du Rhône Villages Chusclan status in 1967, followed by the reds in 1971.

Geography

Geography 

The appellation area encompasses the villages of Chusclan, Codolet, Orsan, Saint-Etienne-des-Sorts and Bagnols-sur-Cèze, all in the Gard département.

Climate

Mediterranean, influenced by the Mistral wind.

Soils

A particular geology 

The vines grow on slopes and stony terraces with occasional pockets of sand. The geological make up is varied, and includes limestone-marl, sandstone and alluvial deposits.

Key figures

Key figures of the appellation

96% red
4% rosé

Colors

39 hl/ha

Average annual yield

237 ha

Production surface area

9 297 hl

Total production

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