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Vines have been grown in the village of Saint- Pantaléon for centuries.

To emphasise their bond with viticulture, the local authorities voted to add the words “Les Vignes” to the name of the village. To find the village, head for Drôme Provençale, where lavender and olive trees mingle; the vineyards – just 400 hectares of them – are planted at the foot of the Montagne de la Lance, protected from wind and west-facing to catch the last rays of the setting sun. Grapes ripen slowly and steadily to ensure good concentration, and grow in clay-rich
soils giving smooth, silky, well-balanced reds with fruity flavours. Rosés have a rounded, supple profile with flavours of wild strawberry and a light floral touch. Whites are much more uncommon here, but are similar in style.

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Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes
Flavors

Varietals & flavours

The beauty of the appellation wines lies in skillful blending. The main grape variety used is Grenache, vigorous and high-yielding, able to withstand strong winds and drought; it gives the wine body as well as fruity and spicy flavours, while Syrah adds a broad range of flavours and pronounced tannins.

Red wines are made from a minimum of 40% Grenache and at least 25% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre. Other permitted varieties may not exceed 20% of the blend, Rosé blends also comprise a minimum of 40% Grenache, at least 25% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre, and no more than 20% of other permitted varieties. White grape varieties (including Grenache, Clairette, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier) are restricted to 20%.

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History

1969
1969

Birth of AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes

The story of this AOC is closely linked to the story of wine itself: the area used to manufacture a variety of wine containers and drinking vessels. In the 10th century, a large Benedictine abbey was built in Saint-Pantaléon, with extensive vineyards planted all around it. Peasant farmers and craftspeople flocked to the village to live under the protection of the Cluniac monks. Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes was officially awarded AOC status by INAO in a decree dated 1969, published in the Official Journal.

Geography

Territory

The appellation area lies within the commune of Saint-Pantaléon, in the south of the Drôme département, on the Route de Nyons.

Climate

The climate here is Mediterranean, cleansed and nurtured by the Mistral wind. The vineyards enjoy 4 very distinct seasons, two dry and two rainy. Winters are mild and snow is rare.

Soils

A particular geology

The appellation terroir is made up of clay/limestone slopes with pebbles and pockets of sand. The vines grow in a fairly rich, balanced soil, studded with white stones of varying hardness. The soil is easy to work, porous and breathable, combining the coolness of clay with the free-draining properties of limestone rock. The terroir produces rounded, fruit-driven wines. Clay soils add freshness in the hotter years, which seem to be becoming more commonplace.

Key figures

Key figures of the appellation

100% red

Couleurs

32 hl/ha

Rendement moyen annuel

28 ha

Superficie de production

915 hl

Production totale

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