"Ad montem Oliveti"
Various sources report that in 1957 a deed was signed before a solicitor which concerneda plot of vines located in « ad montem Olivetti » but it wasn't until the begining of the XXth century that the association between the Sabon family and this locality was forged. Séraphin Sabon, a native of the the neighbouring village of Serignan du Comtat married Marie, daughter of Romain Jausset, landowner at Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In 1932 they created the « Clos Mont Olivet » Since then the domaine has passed through the hands of Joseph, eldest son of Séraphin and then his children. Today it is Celine, David & Thierry SABON the grandchildren of Joseph who manage the estate.
"In praise of diversity !"
The estate extends to 20,5 hectares in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 11,5 ha. of Cotes du Rhone situated in the parish of Bollene and 1.5 ha. of Vin de Table. The various plots of vines belonging to the estate are very fragmented and come such localities as « Palistor » further to the north and encompassing, « Chemin de Sorgues », « Les Marines », « Le Moulin à Vent », « Les Parrans », « Les Cabanes », « La Font du Pape », « Coste Froide », « les Blachières », « Bois Seneseau », « Montalivet », « La Crau », « Les Bousquets », « Pied de Baud » and « Bois Dauphin ». The orientation of the vineyards, the local climates and the soils are all extremely varied (quartzite deposits, sands, mollasic sandstone, marine clay ….) and allows one to adapt the varietal to the particular plot or to play on the diverse expression of the samevarietal. For the red wines, it is the Grenache who reigns and is by far the dominant varietal. It is followed by Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault and putting in a guest star appearance are Counoise, Vaccarèse, Muscardin, Picpoul Noir and Terret Noir. Concerning the whites, there is no particularly dominant varietal. Clairette Blanche and Rose, Bourboulenc and Roussanne share 4/5 of the production with White Grenache, Picpoul Blanc and the Piacardan making up the rest. The vineyards of our AOC Cotes du Rhone are closer together and include neighbouring localities such as: « La Blancherie », « Montueil », « La Levade », « Serre de Catin » which does not exclude a diversityof soils and climates. Grenache and Syrah form the major part of the plantings followed by Carignan, Cinsault and Viognier. The vines are cultivated following a reasoned and balanced method of viticulture....The major part of the vineyards are tilled and almost all the vineyards of Chateauneuf-du- Pape use sexual confusion methods to protect against pests and so avoid the use of insecticides.
Convey the diversity of the varietals and soils, channel the power of the Mediterranean sun to elaborate wines which have a definite southern character but without sacrificing elegance, such is the mission of the winemaker. Here there is no dogma. Observing the vines and the weather guide our decisions: the order in which the different plots are harvested, deciding to assemble the different plots and varieties in the same vat, de-stemming or not, lightly crushing the grapes before pressing or not..... The red wines are elaborated using gentle methods of extraction such as pumping over, separation of the liquid from the solid matter and re-combining them without ever seeking maximal extraction. Continual tastings during the vinification decides what needs to be done and the length of vatting. The fee run juice and the pressed juice are matured seperately in concrete tanks and assembled after some months and then kept in either vats, tuns or barrels. The percentage matured in each varies according to the vintage. The white grapes are harvested in the early morning and pressed with a pneumatic press. The juice is left for one night to separate the sediment before being put into one year old barrels (for the Roussannes) and stainless steel vats for the other varietals. The blending of the vats and barrels takes place just before the bottling. A malo-lactic fermentation is not sought after.
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