Domaine Les Cailloux | Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France
The Brunel family has undertaken wine-making activity in the Southern Rhône since the 17th century. Numerous generations have followed on the traditions of working in the vineyards, but it was only in 1954 that Lucien Brunel created the name 'Les Cailloux' to develop the business and promote the Domaine’s wine qualities and special characteristics. From that time on, it has been referred to as the Domaine Les Cailloux.
In 1971, André Brunel took over the reins of the Domaine and his endless motivation resulted in a rapid growth of Les Cailloux. He purchased Côtes du Rhône and Vins de Pays vines and launched the infamous Centenary Cuvée in 1989. He also made some considerable changes in the vine management process by being one of the first people in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to use the ground covering method and to proceed with a non-chemical approach to wine-farming. In 2012, his son, Fabrice Brunel, joined the team so the family history can continue.
Under Andre's expert direction, Les Cailloux is now widely recognised as a world-class domaine. The vineyard holdings today span 80 hectares and is divided up into three appellations: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône and Vaucluse Vins de Pays.
The Brunel's pursuit for quality and their utmost respect for the land, sees a meticulous approach to the production of their wines, regardless of appellation.