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The Cru defined AOC area is an enclave in the area Condrieu in the northern section of the Rhone, The classification took place already in 1936. With only 3.5 hectares of vineyards it is one of the smallest appellations France. From the year 1820, it was for 180 years alone owned by the Neyret-Gachet family or their descendants. The winery of the same name, however, writes Château Grillet (without hyphen). After the death of her father André Canet, it has been run by Isabelle Baratin-Canet since 1994. This is the only case that a complete appellation is in sole possession and even (almost) identical names between winery and AOC designation. Finally, the property was acquired in March 2011 by the French industrial magnate François Pinault (* 1936) bought, which among other things also the Château Latour belongs.

Château Grillet

The extremely steep terraced Vineyards are 150 meters above the Rhône at up to 250 meters above sea level on a granite subsoil with a sand-clay mixture edition. They extend over the two municipalities of Saint-Michel and Vérin in the Loire department on the right bank of the Rhône, forming a sun-drenched amphitheater open to the southeast high above the river. The name is derived from "grillé" (grilled or roasted) and refers to the sunny location. The extremely low earnings is on average 26 hl / ha. The already mentioned in the 17th century in many travel reports and much praised white wine is 100% unmixed out Viognier pressed and matures in 18 to 24 months barriques, He is often referred to as one of the best white wines in the world and inspired already the mathematician Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) and the US President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). This long-lasting wine produces only 10,000 to 12,000 bottles per year.

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