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André Fusat had owned land in Caderousse since 1900. When he died in 1920, his wife Eugénie, alone with her two sons Ernest and Joseph, remarried Félix Vidal, a winegrower in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The alliance of these two families gave birth to the estate.
Ernest and his brother, then his daughter Huguette and her husband Gilbert Boutin have never ceased to develop the estate.
The Cuvée Tradition Rouge was created in 1982, the estate's first bottling.
In 1997 their son Frédéric took over the vines. He was convinced to respect traditions to obtain the best from the vineyard. His wife Nathalie joined him in 2016.
The family currently owns 11 ha of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 4 ha of Côtes-du-Rhône and 2 ha of Vin de France, all located on or very close to the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape . This represents 14 different plots of land with vines ranging from 10 to 120 years old.
To date, we bottle 65% of my harvest, about 40,000 bottles a year with the 3 appellations combined, 60% of which are sold for export.
« The estate is a family business dating back to 1920. »
The wine making
In addition to the know-how transmitted by previous generations, modernization was added: stainless steel tanks, concrete, and wooden tanks of thermoregulated conical shape, destemmer, punching down and load shedding ...
Long fermentations (18 to 31 days), a permanent control of the vinification temperatures, allow us to extract the good tannins in suppleness, to obtain deep colors and exacerbate the fundamental qualities of the terroir and the different grape varieties.