Chateau de Campuget - Rhone Valley
A house in the heart of the vineyards …
The Château de Campuget is, above all, the adventure of a Northern family who came to settle not far from the Mediterranean during the war… on the slopes of the Nîmes ‘Costières’ …
Since 1942, pur sole aim has been to produce Rhône Valley Grands Vins, respecting the heritage of our soil and our identity. The round Rhône stones, the Southern sun, the Mistral winds and the Syrah and Grenache grapes are the basic elements which form the identity of Campuget.
Our professional ethic is simple: we pursue a ceaseless quest to improve the quality of our wines by a better knowledge of our soil and our vines… yes, it’s all in the vines … As we prepare our assemblages, our vintages and our wines, our passion for quality is guided by the thoughts of the pleasure that they will bring and the emotions they will stir.
The Vineyard is situated 15 km South of Nîmes near the village of Manduel, right in the heart of the ‘Appellation d’Origine Protégée’ Costières de Nîmes. It’s principal characteristic is it’s soil formed of ‘gress’, an accumulation of rounded pebbles that have been rolled by many overflows of the Rhône river thousands of years ago…
The vines also benefit from the Mediterranean sunshine, which bring the grapes to perfect maturity and allows them to be picked at maximum phenolic maturity in early September.
The average age of the vineyard is about 25 years. The main varieties of grape are Syrah and Grenache for the reds and rosés and White Grenache, Roussane and Viognier for the whites, as are the most renowned vineyards in the Rhône Valley.
Our wines are developed with respect for tradition, while using modern oenological techniques:
The Reds are fermented in stainless steel vats using a very traditional technique. The temperatures of the fermentation can be maintained (28-30°) thanks to a powerful temperature control system.
After a maceration period of around 15 days to 3 weeks, the juice and marc (residue) are separated after having being pressed pneumatically.
Each variety is vinified separately and the wines are finally assembled after a taste selection of the tanks.
We select the best wine for the Cuvée tradition, and we use the rest for the development of the other wines
The Rosés are obtained by ‘bleeding’, a process by means of running off the juices when they are put in the tank. They are then reduced to a very low temperature (3°) in order to extract aromas of fresh fruit. The fermentation then takes place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of around 18°..
The Whites are pressed pneumatically after a mild skin contact maceration in order to extract the aromas. As with the Rosés, the fermentation takes place at a low temperature.
We bottle all of our wines on site at our own bottling plant. They are then stocked in conditioned cellars to preserve the quality, before being exported all over the world.
We are sustainably farmed.
Our philosophy as a family estate is to do better every year and to take the best where it is. We don't care it is from organic, from sustainable, from biodynamic from any certification.
- we use only green electricity in CAMPUGET
- we produce half of our energy consumption with solar panel.
- we use our used water to irrigate fields for sheeps.
- all our glass is recycled and come from recycling source.
- we plow only on the row ( see the picture below) as we want grass and biodiversity.
- all papers, cardboard, plastic are recycled.
- we spray only if needed and the best product for a specific situation like I would do for my daughters.
( it can be from organic, sustainable depending the problem we face..)
- we are part of a European program call biodivine which check the entire biodiversity of our estate.
( for example I can say we have 63 kind of birds on the estate)
- we renew our tractors to make sure they are less and less polluting.
Long story short we try to put the environment in the core of all our decisions.
CAMPUGET vineyard is not grown with overt chemical spraying.