Domaine de la Jaufrette

Frédéric Chastan

 

The wines of Domaine de la Jaufrette are resolutely old-fashioned, as the domaine has refused to change the winemaking style since the André and Paulette Chastan moved to Orange in the 1950s. The couple both came from winemaking families in the Southern Rhone (André from Vaqueyras, Paulette from Gigondas), but they wanted to create their own doamine, so as  a young married couple, they purchased land just on the edge of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and planted 5 hectares of Cotes-du-Rhone. Over the next decades, they took over the nearby family vineyards in Vacqueyras and Gigondas, purchased a few others, and in the 1980s, their son Alain was able to add a few hectares of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Today, the Domaine de la Jaufrette is run by Alain’s son Frederic, who has maintained the same traditional winemaking philosophy. Vinification is a slow process - the fermentation occurs naturally in large concrete tanks, where the wine is allowed to sit for up to a year. It is then aged in a mix of used foudres and barrels for another year or more. The wine is then bottled, and allowed to age for a minimum of another year, meaning that the wines are released when they are just starting to be ready to drink. From the Cotes-du-Rhone to the Chateauneuf, all the wines are vinified in this same traditionally slow process that is practically disappeared from the region.

 
Domaine de la Jaufrette is one of those domaines that wine-lovers are constantly on the search for — torchbearers of traditional winemaking who have refused to change their style for the sake of critics, and continue to produce exceptional wines that are both timeless and delicious.
— Josh Adler, Paris Wine Company

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Domaine de la Jaufrette Gigondas
Grenache 72%, Mourvèdre 14, Syrah 4%.  Grown on sandy hillsides. Average vine age 80 years. . Farming: no herbicide, no insecticide or anti-botrytis agent, only anti-mildew and anti-oidium. Managing yield via manual debudding and green harvesting. Under AB conversion since 2011. Aged in old foudres for 3-18 months depending on the year, then transferred to stainless steel tanks. Bottled and kept 5-7 years before release. Annual production: 160 HL.

 
 

Domaine de la Jaufrette Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Grenache 90%, Mourvèdre 4%, Syrah 4%, Counoise 2%. Clay-limestone terroir with large rocks. Average vine age : 50 years.  . Farming: no herbicide, no insecticide or anti-botrytis agent, only anti-mildew and anti-oidium. Managing yield via manual debudding and green harvesting. Under AB conversion since 2011. Aged in old foudres for 3-18 months depending on the year, then transferred to stainless steel tanks. Bottled and kept 5-7 years before release. Annual production: 80 HL.

vacqueyras

Domaine de la Jaufrette Vacqueyras
Grenache 64%, Syrah 17%, Mourvèdre 11%, Counoise 4%. Grown on plateaus and the garrigue hillside with small chalky stones. Average vine age : 30 years. Farming: no herbicide, no insecticide or anti-botrytis agent, only anti-mildew and anti-oidium. Managing yield via manual debudding and green harvesting. Under AB conversion since 2011. Aged in old foudres for 3-18 months depending on the year, then transferred to stainless steel tanks. Bottled and kept 5-7 years before release. Annual production 350 HL.

 

rhone jaufrette

Domaine de la Jaufrette Côtes du Rhône
Grenache 67%, Mourvèdre 14%, Syrah 6%, Carignan 11%, Cinsault 2%. Grown on clay-limestone terroir with large rocks, next to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Average vine age 35 years. Farming: no herbicide, no insecticide or anti-botrytis agent, only anti-mildew and anti-oidium. Managing yield via manual debudding and green harvesting. Under AB conversion since 2011. Aged in old foudres for 3-18 months depending on the year, then transferred to stainless steel tanks. Bottled and kept 5-7 years before release. Annual production: 400 HL.