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The Romans left an impressive reminder of their occupation at Laudun, in the form of Caesar’s Camp!

From their Laudun stronghold, the famous emperor’s armies kept watch over the River Rhône; the vineyards here date from that time. History tells us that the first vines were almost certainly planted on the slopes of this oppidum (hilltop settlement) around which the village developed, while archaeologists have found remains of wine amphorae decorated with vine motifs on this site. These are now on display at Maison Carrée in Nîmes. In 1967, Laudun officially became Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation authorised to feature its village name. The vineyards produce some delightful, easydrinking reds, but are also justly acclaimed for their whites. The sandy clay terroirs of Laudun are particularly free-draining, giving the wines freshness and acidity, the key to good balance. Clairette is Laudun’s main white varietal, more widespread here than elsewhere in the Côtes du Rhône as the soils suit it so well – also one of the secrets to success. It is blended with Grenache WHITE, Roussanne and Bourboulenc. On these light soils, Syrah joins Grenache Noir to give rounded, fruity red wines. Rosés are clear and bright in colour with scents of strawberries and a lovely freshness. What a treat!

Laudun

History

1967
1967

Birth of AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Laudun

The history of Laudun stretches back to Roman times, as evidenced by the Camp de César, a major archaeological site lying on a vast fortified plateau. This was the Romans’ vantage point, from where they could observe the Rhône, the region’s most important thoroughfare. Historians believe that vines were first planted on the Laudun hillsides around this time. The wines of Laudun grew in popularity, particularly in the 17th century. Along with Chusclan, Laudun is part of the Côte du Rhône Gardoise winemaking community. 

In 1967, Laudun officially became a Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation authorised to feature its village name.

Geography

Geography

The appellation area extends across the communes of Laudun, Saint Victor-la-Coste and Tresques in the Gard département.

Climate

Mediterranean. Influenced by the Mistral wind.

Soils

A particular geology

The vines are planted in light sandy soils, or stony soils with limestone scree or rounded cobbles, producing high-quality red wines.

Key figures

Key figures of the appellation

78% red
0,5% rosé
22% white

Colors

38 hl/ha

Average annual yield

513 ha

Production surface area

19 415 hl

Total production

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