Our Family and Estate
Our family has been in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region since the 17th century and making wine for five generations.
In the 17th century our family purchased a vineyard plot from the Bishop of Avignon to the north of the appellation. Numerous generations followed, all working in the vineyards. In 1954, Lucien Brunel created the name “Les Cailloux” to develop the business and promote the Domaine’s high quality and special characteristics. From that time on, it was referred to as the Domaine Les Cailloux.
In 1971, André Brunel took over the reins of the Domaine. His endless motivation resulted in a rapid growth for the Domaine; repurchasing Côtes du Rhône and Vins de Pays vines, and launch of the infamous Centenary Cuvée in 1989. He also made some considerable changes in the vine management process as one of the first in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to use the ground covering method and proceed with a non-chemical approach to wine-farming. In 2012, his son, Fabrice Brunel, joined the team, continuing the family’s legacy
The Estate is divided up into three appellations: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône, and Vaucluse Vins de Pays. Our pursuit for quality, respect for the land, and drive to provide customers with wines to enjoy throughout their aging, impels us to be immeasurably meticulous during production, regardless of appellation. The differences are mainly the maturation periods (longer for the Châteauneuf, and shorter for the Vins de Pays to make them available sooner) and the usage of vats (for Syrah in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to mellow out the tannins, absent on the Côtes du Rhône and the Vins de Pays to maintain the fruits freshness).
We aim to produce wines reflecting their region and origin while remaining elegant and subtle.