Laudun is a gentle delight, with harmony all around. A simple place, blessed by the maternal benevolence of its surroundings. Wines born here are delicate and silky – quintessential features of the Rhône’s west bank.Christophe Tassan
The Romans left an impressive reminder of their occupation at Laudun: Caesar’s Camp! From this stronghold, the emperor’s armies could keep watch over the River Rhone. And the local vineyards date from this period. According to historians, the first wines were undoubtedly planted on the slopes of this oppidum (hilltop settlement), around which the village developed. Amphorae decorated with vine motifs have been found at this spot and are now conserved at the Maison Carrée in Nîmes. In 1967, the area was granted the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation, featuring the name of the commune of Laudun.
Although the vineyards produce mainly easy-drinking reds, they owe their reputation to some prestigious white wines. The soil at Laudun is a mixture of clay and sand, which drains well. This lends the wines freshness and acidity, two key elements in achieving a good balance. The Clairette grape variety, grown mainly in the Côtes du Rhône region because the soils here are well suited to it, is an important constituent. It is often blended with Grenache, Roussane and Bourboulenc. On these light soils, the reds tend to be smooth, well-rounded and fruity. The rosés, brilliant in colour, develop strawberry notes and have a delightful freshness.
The appellation’s smooth and stylish red wines benefit from the full-bodied strength of the Grenache grape (which must constitute at least 50% of any blend), the floral bouquet of Syrah and the lingering aromatic properties of Mourvèdre (at least 20%, taken together). Having great potential in terms of flavour, these wines can be drunk young but will certainly benefit from ageing.
The rosés are very pleasant, containing a minimum of 50% Grenache and at least 20% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre. The Cinsault grape lends additional smoothness and elegance. White grape varieties (Grenache, Clairette…) may not account for more than 20% of the blend. To be drunk in the early years, nice and cool.
The whites, composed predominantly of Grenache blanc and Clairette blanche, which is well suited to this terroir, are stylish and distinctively fruity. Again, these wines are best drunk in the early years.
The minimum alcohol content for the red wines of this appellation is 12.5%; the figure for the rosés and whites is 12%.
Laudun’s importance as a Roman site is attested by the “Camp de César”, a vast fortified plateau where archaeological digs have been carried out. This observation post enabled the Romans to keep watch over the Rhone, the region’s vital traffic artery. Historians believe that vines were first planted on the hillsides around Laudun at this time.
The local wines were highly regarded in the 17th century and, like Chusclan, Laudun was part of the celebrated and traditional "Côte du Rhône Gardoise".
“Laudun” is a legally sanctioned appellation, granted by the court of Uzès in 1947. Laudun wines were subsequently accorded Côtes du Rhône Villages status in 1967.
In 2008, the Chusclan and Laudun wineries merged, giving rise to a new growers’ association: “Laudun, Chusclan vignerons”.
View the decrees granting appellation status (INAO)1967Birth of AOC Laudun
The growing area extends over the communes of Laudun, Saint Victor-la-Coste and Tresques, in the département of Gard.
Mediterranean type influenced by the mistral.
The vines are planted on stony or gravelly slopes, in poor soils which drain rapidly.
surface area537 hectares
Total production21 068 hl
- 80% Red
- 18% White
- 2% rosé
Average yield achieved39 hl/ha
*Export figures according to the most recent research
Source : Harvest statement 2016