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L'école des vins
This is the realm of the Aleppo pine, of lavender and truffles – and of course, the vine. Visan was officially awarded Côtes du Rhône Villages Visan status in 1966.
Surrounding the village on all sides, the vineyards cover a good half of the commune. They scramble up the hillsides to reach the best-exposed locations, and descend the gentle slopes right down to the plain, painting a delightful picture. Visitors come as much to enjoy the rural peace and quiet as to discover the local vintages. The vineyards grow in the pebbly marl and sandy soils of this northern Rhône terroir, planted mostly to Grenache and Syrah which blend with other authorised varietals (including Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan) to give red wines with superb elegance and finesse. These show aromas of spiced red berry fruit with minerality on the palate, expressing good personality. Although most of the wines produced are red, there is still some space over for rosés and whites. The rosés are floral and fruity in flavour, and fresh-tasting with peppery notes. Whites are redolent of citrus, peach and apricot, both on nose and palate – deli- cate, yet beautifully smooth.
The appellation’s red wines are characterised by the full-bodied power of Grenache (which must constitute at least 40% of any blend), the fruitiness of Syrah and Mourvèdres excellent persistence of flavour. These two together must make up at least 25%. Visan reds have excellent ageing potential. Rosés are appealingly fruity and peppery, and must contain a minimum of 40% Grenache and 25% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre. White grape varieties including Grenache and Clairette may not exceed 20% of the blend. These are wines for enjoying young. Whites have a delightful citrussy flavour. White Grenache, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Viognier must make up at least 80% of the blend. Again, these wines are best drunk in their early years, although experience shows they will age well for several years.
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Côtes du Rhône VillagesVisan
Evidence of life in Gallo-Roman times has been found at Visan, demonstrating that the area was already occupied during that period. Vines were first planted by Emperor Probus and his men in the third century.
Visan had its own communal grape-press as early as 1250. Having once belonged to the Knights Templar, Visan became Papal territory in 1344.
The Confrérie des Vignerons de Visan was the first winegrowers’ guild in the region, and one of the first in France. It was established in 1475 and remained active until 1792, then revived many years later in 1978 to coincide with Visan’s first Wine Festival. During their summer session, Confrérie members process to the church of Notre-Dame-des-Vignes for the blessing of a vine stock which is then solemnly burned on Place Marot, while locals dance the “Souco,” a local dance whose name derives from the Provençal word for vine. In 1966, Visan was awarded Côtes du Rhône Villages Visan status.
The vineyards are located in the commune of Visan in the Vaucluse département.
Mediterranean climate, heavily influenced by the Mistral wind.
Pebbles, with marl and sand.
93% red3% rosé4% white
Rendement moyen annuel
Superficie de production
18 750 hl