CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE - THE ESTATE
André Fusat had owned land in Caderousse. 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 continued to develop the estate.
The Cuvée Tradition Rouge was created in 1982 by Hugette and Gilbert, this is the estate’s first bottling.
In 1997 their son Frédéric Boutin took over the vines. He has been convinced to respect traditions to obtain the best of the vineyards. His wife Nathalie joined him in 2016.
When Amélie was born in 2003, the 5th generation, we created the Cuvée Grande Réserve, a plot selection of old vines planted in 1902 on one of the most esteemed areas of Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau”.
The family currently owns 11 hectares of Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, 4 of Côtes du Rhône and 2 of Vin de France, all located on or very closed to the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
That represents 14 different plots with vines from 10 to 120 years old.To date, we bottle 65% of the harvest, about 40,000 bottles a year with the 3 appellations combined, 60% of which are sold for export.
The property is located in the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, to the East of the village, slightly in altitude on the road of Bédarrides with a very beautiful view of the village.
Ten grape varieties are significantly cultivating on La Boutinère with :
- For reds : Grenache noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Counoise and Vaccarèse ;
- For whites : Grenache blanc, Clairette, Roussanne and Bourboulenc.
They are located on the Lieu-dits of La Crau, Le Boucoup, Les Marines, Le Bois de la Ville, Valori, Coste-Froide, and les Plagnes and recently on Le Grand Pierre by the acquisition a new parcel of land of Roussanne (please see the attached map).
Our vines are planted in the east side of La Crau enjoying a North-South exposure, with a sandy soil and a red clay subsoil, this is where we have our oldest vines, planted in 1902. Same soil as Valori.
Le Grand Pierre with a sandy brown soil resting on red sandstones of Comtat (saffres) dating from the Miocene era will contribute to produce wines with a great freshness ;
Les Marines, le Bois de la Ville, Coste-Froide, Les Plagnes are located on red soils on stony alluviums with a red clay subsoil.
Le Boucoup with dark red soils on old alluvium with galets roulés lies on a red clay subsoil.
This mosaïc of different terroirs contributes to the complexity and singularity of each of our wine.
The property is working in sustainable viticulture what means that a great care is taken in the viticultural methods to respect and adapt them the best as possible to the vines and to the land :all soils are worked, green works are carefully done every spring including green harvest when necessary, treatments are reasonned and natural treatment are incresing. Picking is entirely done by hand with sorting in the vines and later in the cellar.
That enabled us to move towards HVE 3 (High Environmental Value) certification.
It certifies that our working methods are preserving the general ecosystem of the property.
Our vinification cellar, comprising concrete vats, stainless steel and French oak truncated cone vats, has been extended to include 3 concrete tulip vats to improve the parcel-by-parcel selection of Grenache grapes and two concrete eggs to refine the vinification of white wines (see photos, video in News & Press).