Domaine du Banneret

We resisted for a long time the temptation to import any wines from this iconic but often under-performing appellation. It is therefore with particular pleasure and some pride that we present to you the wines of a vigneron who is as rooted in his milieu as any we have ever encountered. Jean-Claude Vidal is the uncle of Jean-Marc Espinasse (see Rouge-Bleu above). An engineer by profession, he has lovingly tended his pocket-sized domaine since inheriting it twenty years ago. A fierce traditionalist, he makes a wine that will bring tears to the eyes of any nostalgists who believe that Châteauneuf’s best days are behind it. Making just 500 cases a year, he proves that it is possible against all odds to harness the benefits of today’s climate to the aesthetic standards of yesteryear.

Label - Bannert CdP

Available Wines

Dom. du Banneret 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape

Dom. du Banneret 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc [6/750]

Audrey has already put her stamp on the domaine by purchasing a parcel from Ch. Vaudieu, whose steep, calcareous slopes, dotted with silex and iron, have long been considered the appellation’s best spot for white wines. Composed of 40% each of Grenache Blanc and Clairette, the balance is Picardan, Bourboulenc and Roussanne. Just 15% is fermented in barrique in an effort to preserve freshness at all costs. And, at 13.5 % alcohol, this is an uncommonly fragrant, incisive and elegant Châteauneuf, which blossoms beautifully with air. Only 1200 bottles were made, of which we got 120.

Dom. du Banneret 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc [6/750]

Audrey has already put her stamp on the domaine by purchasing a parcel from Ch. Vaudieu, whose steep, calcareous slopes, dotted with silex and iron, have long been considered the appellation’s best spot for white wines. Composed of 40% each of Grenache Blanc and Clairette, the balance is Picardan, Bourboulenc and Roussanne. Just 15% is fermented in barrique in an effort to preserve freshness at all costs. And, at 13.5 % alcohol, this is an uncommonly fragrant, incisive and elegant Châteauneuf, which blossoms beautifully with air. Only 1200 bottles were made, of which we got 120.