Country of Origin: France
Location: Hérault, Languedoc
People: Nicolas Alcon & Eric Alcon, Owners | Guillaume Létang, Winemaker
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Domaine Rudel can be found near Marseillan in Southern France. Only 1.25 miles from the coast, and planted on low-lying gravelly soils, Domaine Rudel benefits from cooling ocean breezes, which allows Pinot Noir to thrive even this far south. The vines, while still relatively young (18 years), give a luscious, textural, intense wine which is both classic and yet modern.
In the hands of cousins Nicolas and Eric Alcon, Domaine Rudel is a fourth-generation estate. After the Second World War, Nicolas’ great-grandfather Joseph Alcon began with eight hectares of vines, named Domaine La Galinière. In the 1960's he was joined by Nicolas’ grandfather Anselme, who together with his two sons Francis and Marcel, increased the holdings by reforming and replanting the vineyards over the following 20 years and selling their grapes to a local cooperative. In 1987, the family had enough money to buy the nearby Domaine Les Charmettes and took the brave step of vinifying their fruit. In 1997, Nicolas and Eric joined the family enterprise after their studies and travels abroad.
In total, the family has 90 hectares of vines, all IGP level. With only two hectares of Pinot Noir, it is a small part of their production, which is dominated by reds (mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Grenache) and some whites (mostly Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay).
The Pinot Noir comes from a parcel in the original family-owned vineyards, 2.5 miles away from the domaine they acquired in Les Charmettes. At only 25 meters in altitude, the land is barely above sea level and quite flat. Soils are clay and gravel with the lowest-lying soils composed of silt and sand. The total production of Pinot Noir from the estate is around 1,000 cases a year.