Châteauneuf du Pape is the great appellation of the wines from the south of France. It means “New Castle of the Pope” and that little town is a few miles north of Avignon and 60 miles north of Marseilles, in the Provence area. One of the best estates of the appellation is Château De La Gardine owned by the Brunel Family for generations. The Château de la Gardine is comprised of 173 acres of which 113 are devoted to the vineyard. In 1964, they acquired 120 acres in Cote du Rhone village Rasteau, and in 1998 ChâteauSaint Roch Lirac appellation which is run by Patrick’s wife Eve.
Today Patrick and Maxime Brunel along with their spouses, son and daughters run the estates. The Brunels produce a wine which is truly outstanding, attended with love and respect from father to sons. The varietals for the Châteaude la Gardine tradition are 60% Grenache, 15 % Syrah, 20% Mouvèdre and 5% Muscardin. It has a beautiful purple color, exotic spices, a powerful bouquet, well balanced, smooth tannins and a dense finish. This great wine has been imported in the United States since 1946.