Le Vieux Donjon 

Claire Fabre and François Michel (Seurs)
17, Route de Courthezon, 84232 Chateauneuf du Pape Cedex.
Tel. +33 490 490 837 003
Direct sale: Yes.
Mail: vieux-donjon@wanadoo.fr

The domain was founded by the father of Lucien Michel, Marcel Michel, who did the first bottling at his domain in 1966. Since 1979 Marie José and Lucien Michel have run the property. 
The next generation Claire Fabre has since 2008 had the responsability for the winemaking. She is married to another winegrower Adrien Fabre Domaine la Florane in Visan.
In 2013 Claire's brother François joined her at the domain, and the two of them became officially responsible for the property together with their mother Marie Michel.
The domain covers 15 ha of Chateauneuf du Pape, one of them with white varieties.
The vinification process is in the best sence of the word traditional. Only one cuvée of red and of white Chateauneuf du Pape is made. The grapes for the reds have for a great part since 1991 been destemmed.
The cellar of the domain is situated by the route from Chateauneuf du Pape to Courthezon. In 2011 an office and reception were built by the cellar. Since then you can buy the wines here if anyone is present. The bottling and the storing of the wines takes place at Prestige et Tradition south of the village owned by several smaller domains together.
Lucien and Marcel Michel live at 9, Avenue Saint Joseph, the former centre of the domain, when Claire and her husband live in a house in Chateauneuf du Pape.


Chateauneuf du Pape
75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault.
Aged for 6 months in cement tank and then for about 12 months in foudres.

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
Equal shares of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Clairette.

Claire Fabre at Les Printemps 2015

François Michel and Claire Fabre.

The cellar at Route de Couthezon. You find it by the asphalt road to Chateau de Vaudieu. In 2011 a reception and an office were built by the cellar. No signs by the road.

Mama, Marie Michel presented the wines at Les Printemps 2014
 as Claire is the president for Jeunes Vignerons du Chateauneuf du Pape 
who is hosting this event.

If you visit winegrowers in Rhone for some days there is a good chance
 that you will meet Philippe Cambie. Here at Vieux Donjon where he has been oenological advisor since 2002

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