Charles Thomas is a private label created for Kysela Pere et Fils from 2 different properties owned by Les Grands Chais de France.
Charles Thomas Cotes de Provence is produced at Château La Galinière, located in the town of Chateauneuf-le-Rouge, just outside Aix-en-Provence. It is the site of a magnificent 18th Century château dominating the plains of Cengle. The property, certified organic in France since the 2014 vintage, is located on bauxite-rich clay and sand red soil. The name of the town and the surrounding area, Châteauneuf-Le-Rouge, refers to the red colored soil . The property grows syrah, grenache, cinsault, cabernet, rolle and viognier. Managers Fabrice Arcari and his wife Aurélie are continuing a long and successful quality control, in the vineyards, thank to green harvest and in the cellar, using a sorting table in order to keep only the best grapes for the macerations.
Charles Thomas Cotes du Rhone is produced at Clos des Miran, located in the plains of Mas Conil, near the village Pont Saint Esprit in the Gard district. The property is located on a hillside of very deep loamy and sandy soil. The land is tilled with horse-drawn plows to preserve its essential qualities and respect the environment. The vineyard is planted with syrah, grenache, mourvedre, carignan and viognier. The estate is certified organic in France since the 2014 vintage.
Charles Thomas Châteauneuf-du-Pape is sourced from different producers in the AOC. The idea is to have a wine made with grapes coming from all the different soils type found in Châteauneuf. As a matter of fact, soil and subsoil can be very different.
To generalize, one can say there is limestone soil in the (rocky) western part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape; sand and clay soil covered with large stones on the plateaus; mixed sand, red and grey clay, and limestone in the northern part of the appellation; less stony soil alternating with marl in the east; and shallow sand and clay soil on a well-drained layer of gravel in the south. The large pebbles contribute to the quality of the vines and grapes by storing heat during the day and holding water. Our Charles Thomas Châteauneuf-du-Pape is using grapes coming from all these soil types in order to offer a broader approach to what this AOC is all about.
Mount Sainte Victoire (made famous by French artist Paul Cézanne) is located in the Cotes de Provence region, 6 miles away, Eastbound, from the famous city of Aix-En-Provence.
The winemaker is Daniel Péraldi.