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Village Visan

The History of Visan Village

It was in the Middle Ages, under the papacy of Benedict XII and Clement VI that Visan passed into the hands of the popes and in 1344 the village and its production became papal land. This governance helped the development of the vineyard as well as the creation of the Brotherhood of the winegrowers of Visan: the first of the region and one of the first in France which was created in 1475 and remained in activity until 1792… to be reborn in 1978.

It will be necessary to wait until 1935 to see the birth of the cooperative cellar of Visan, fervent protector of the appellation which will play an important role and weight in 1966 with the recognition of the vineyard in its three colors as AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Visan.

The Terroir

Composed of marl and sand, the Visan terroir has a very stony soil which is ideal for deep root development. All the finesse of Visan wines is drawn from deep down while their power is brought by the ripening of the berries thanks to the action of the pebbles on the surface.

The terroir of Visan is composed of three distinct zones: the first family to the west is composed of alluvial terraces, with limestone pebbles and some flint as well as a clay matrix. It is based on marly materials of tertiary age and allows a natural hydrous regulation throughout the year. Its altitude is around 100m2 which gives it juicy and crispy wines.

The second zone is composed of rocks of tertiary age of the Miocene, it is located on the hills. Reliefs which are installed on 180m of marl and gravel which form a “thousand leaves”. The pebbles create the permeability and the marls create the reserves of water and mineral elements in the soil. It is the world of richness and elegance that allows the formation of small grains of tannins: an ideal soil for the grenache clairette (velvet carpet with a nice acidity

The third part are sands from the Tertiary period, of marine origin and older than the other terroirs. Originally, they are sandstone cemented by limestone. Pretty white and grenache of great finesse.

 

The Red & Rosés wines of Visan

Its reds are powerful, elegant but above all with a lot of roundness in the mouth. The blend is composed of at least 40% Grenache and at least 25% Syrah and Mourvèdre. In their youth, these are wines that express beautiful berry notes. These wines benefit from an excellent ageing potential by developing beautiful notes of leather and truffles.

The rosés are fruity with the particularity of having a light peppery touch. Composed identically to the red wines, they can also welcome up to 20% of white grape varieties to make these wines even more aromatic and pleasant.

White wines

Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Viognier are the most common grape varieties on the appellation. They are vintages that are consumed young to take full advantage of the notes of white flowers and fresh fruit. They are wines with beautiful delicacies that go well with beautiful dishes.