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L'école des vins
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’s red wines are supple and elegant, combining the power and full body of Grenache (40% minimum of any blend) with the floral fragrances of Syrah and the aromatic potential of Mourvèdre (25% minimum). These flavourful wines can be enjoyed young, but also have good ageing potential.
The appellation’s Rosés are extremely pleasing, and are also made with Grenache to a minimum of 40% and Syrah and/or Mourvèdre to a minimum of 25%. Cinsault adds smoothness and elegance. White varietals, including Grenache and Clairette, may be added to a maximum of 20% of the blend. Rosés should be chilled, and enjoyed young.
Whites are made predominantly of Grenache White and Clairette White, with the addition of Roussanne and Viognier, which also grow well here and are notable for their elegance and fruity flavours. Whites should be enjoyed within their first few years.
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Côtes du Rhône VillagesLaudun
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.
The appellation area extends across the communes of Laudun, Saint Victor-la-Coste and Tresques in the Gard département.
Mediterranean. Influenced by the Mistral wind.
The vines are planted in light sandy soils, or stony soils with limestone scree or rounded cobbles, producing high-quality red wines.
78% red0,5% rosé22% white
Rendement moyen annuel
Superficie de production
19 415 hl