Domaine François Xavier
The Domaine Saint François Xavier was created in the early 20th century by François Xavier Lambert in Gigondas at the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Today, the domaine is run by the Gras family, and it is only recently that Jean-François and Christian Gras decided to bottle their own wines. The 28 hectares of vines are planted 70% Grenache Noir, 15% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre on the typical red alluvial clay that gives depth and richness to the wines of the area. Grapes are grown using the “lutte raisonée” methodology that limits use of interventions in the vineyards, and vinification is traditional.
The Cotes du Rhone comes from vineyards in the communes of Sablet and Violes. It is fermented in large concrete tanks, and bottled in the spring to preserve the freshness of the wine. **Note: the Domaine is now called the Domaine François Xavier.