Domaine du Banneret

Marie-Francoise and Jean-Claude Vidal
Rue Porte Rouge 35, 84230 Chateauneuf du Pape.
Tel.  +33 490 837 204 
Direct sale: Yes, but call before to be sure.


The roots of the family in the town dates back for centuries. On the property they have documents dating back to 1405. The weapon on the label belonged to a famous forefather Jean Gaspard Bertet who was commander of Illinois in 1625 (part of the French colony in America the French Louisiana). There is no point in counting the generations from him to the owner today Jean-Claude Vidal.

Jean-Claude was an architect but when the former owner of the family property in 1989 wanted to retire and it was a question if the domain had be sold to someone outside the family Jean-Claude and his wife decided they would take over and keep the domain in the family, and they became wine growers. They have done that with great respect for the traditions. Everything in the vineyards and the cellar are done strictly according to the way it has been done by generations before. If a grape variety in the vineyard needs replanting they do it with the same variety even if they have to wait a year or two to get the (maybe rare) plant from the nursery.
The wines cover 4 ha with low yield. Fermenting takes place in tanks situated in a small room at Rue des Cigales belonging to Vidal. When the wine ary ready it's transported by car to the older barrels in the cellar by Porte Rouge. Here the wines rest from one to many years. 
It was the friend Henri Bonneau who taught Jean-Claude to make wine. Like the wines of Bonneau the wines are allowed to stay in the barrels for several years. In 2019 you could taste wine from  1997 from a barrel and this wine was in a very good condition. 
The wines are bottled by the help of a pipette, the labels are put on the bottle by hand and so on. The wine is of course not made in modern style and might be as close as you can imagine to a classic Chateauneuf du Pape and that's presicely what Vidal wants it to be. 


Chateauneuf du Pape
2015: Mainly Grenache, but all 13 varieties are used.
Aged in barrels until more bottles are needed

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Le Secret
2017: 40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Clairette, 10% Picardin, 5% Roussanne and 5% Bourboulenc. 15% vinified in barriques. 1200 bottles.

In June and July you can rent two lodgings that have each 4 persons capacity. Both open on a terrace with a garden

Jean-Claude and Marie-Francoise Vidal. July 2019

The wines are stored in casks without adding wood flavor. The newer foudres on the left, which holds one vintage, were specially ordered to avoid the addition of flavors

Benjamin Tourbillon and the Vidal family at Les Printemps in Chateauneuf du Pape 2015. A months later Marie-Francoise and Jean-Claude became grand parents.

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