Domaine de la Becassonne
The Brunel Estate of Les Cailloux at Chemin du Bois de la Ville was established in 1919 and is named after the famous galet roules (large stones) found in the vineyards of Chateauneuf. The Brunel family has lived in the area since the 18th century, although Andre's grandfather was the first in the family to turn his hand to winemaking and the tradition has continued since. Andre joined his father in 1971 and during his career as a Vigneron has turned Les Cailloux into a world-class domaine.
The Estate today covers 80 hectares, with vineyard holdings throughout the southern Rhone valley. The Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc is produced from grapes grown in the Becassonne vineyard, which is located in Sorgues, 6km south of Chateauneuf du Pape. The Vaucluse vineyard is located on the banks of the river Aigues on the famous 'Plan de Dieu' terroir between Orange & Vaison, boasting vines of 30-40 years old. The Sommelongue vineyard is just north of Orange and some 10km north of Châteauneuf du Pape. The famous Les Cailloux vineyard stretches 18 hectares in AOC Chateauneuf-du-Pape.