Domaine Giraud is a relative newcomer to the southern Rhône wine scene. Distillers for generations, the family purchased their first 4 hectares of vines in 1974. The domaine grew to include 8 hectares of century-old vines located on the plateau of La Crau, Les Galimardes and on the sandy soils of the so-called Pignan area near the Le Rayas district. The winery is today managed by François and Marie Giraud, who took over from their parents in 1998. Altogether they farm 35 hectares of vineyards.
This is how the winemaker describes this wine – “The Tradition from Domaine Giraud comes from vineyards in the southern part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape famous for its red clay soils and galets. From vines ranging in age from 50–80 years old, the blend is nearly 2/3 Grenache followed by Syrah and small amount of Mourvedre. It is fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks and while the Mourvedre and Grenache rests in concrete, the Syrah is aged in French oak barrels.”