DOMAINE DU GRAND MONTMIRAIL
YVES CHERON is the fourth generation of the well-known Cheron-Misset winemaking family, with original roots deep in Burgundy. In the 1960’s, Yves’ father, Denis Cheron, moved from Burgundy to explore the as-yet untapped potential of the VACQUEYRAS and GIGONDAS appellations at that time, with Yves taking the reins in the 1980’s after an education at the esteemed Lycée Viticole in Beaune.
DOMAINE DU GRAND MONTMIRAIL is one of their several family-owned estates in the RhôneValley, including properties in Gigondas, Vacqueyras,and Beaume de Venise.The family owns 90 acres in the Gigondas appellation,on the hillside and terraces of the southern slope of the DENTELLES DE MONTMIRAIL, with vines of up to 50 years in age.
Vignoble Cheron also owns the Domaine Les Hauts de Mercurol and Domaine Michel Poinard in the northern Rhône, as well as stakes in Domaine Paul Misset and Domaine des Varoilles in Burgundy.
The Domaine du Grand Montmirail vineyards are located in the Southern Rhône Valley, at the foot of the towering Dentelles de Montmirail, massive granite cliffs formed by a geological uplift of mineral deposits, creating a natural amphitheater that shelters the vines from the blistering Mistral wind. The vineyard appellations cover Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaume de Venis and Côtes duRhône. The high altitude means cool fresh nights to counter the region’s extreme daytime heat.
Yves’ vineyards are sustainably farmed, using organic products and practices.The grapes are hand-harvested in several stages for ideal ripeness, and are sorted both in the fields and then again in the cellar, with two triage events prior to fermentation.
THE WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY
Of particular note is that Yves made his oenological studies in Burgundy, understanding the myriad nuances of the Pinot Noir varietal.
Burgundy isan excellent school for expressing the fruit and most delicate aromas ofthe terroir, and has helped meto define the profile of the Rhône wines that I produce:elegance, finesse and silkiness,” Yves explains.