The Marcel Georges Estate
After having spent 25 years working for the family-owned Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes estate, of which he eventually became the vine grower and director, Marcel Georges decided to establish his own Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard in 2000.
He settled on land located to the north-west of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape village, in the direction of Roquemaure and between the ruins of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Castle and the Rhône River.
The vineyard spans 13 hectares, a third of which is planted to vines up to 70 years in age. The remaining two thirds are covered by ancient woodlands located on the Château de l’Hers Estate. Over the years, Marcel Georges patiently cleared these woodlands in order to plant the 13 grape varieties that make up the Châteauneuf-du-Pape designation.
Four years are required for each vine to yield its first vintage on this virgin soil. The pure and cool soils, allied to the density of the old vines, endow Marcel Georges’ wine with a rare quality and balance.
The winemaking process takes place at the Grenade, a family-owned, limited-equity partnership that embraces the owners of the renowned Châteauneuf wines, but that is above all about long-term friendships. Over the past few years, Marcel Georges has been training his two daughters, Marie and Claire, as well as his sons-in-law in vine growing and wine making, so that they can help him in his endeavour and eventually take over in a few years’ time.
In 2011, Marcel Georges was awarded the French Order of Agricultural Merit, in recognition of his services to agriculture.