An emblematic winemaking domaine in Châteauneuf-du-Pape
The Domaine des Sénéchaux counts itself amongst the oldest vineyards in Castro Novo, the birthplace of the wines of Pape and the creation of ''appellations d’origine contrôlées''.
The Domaine des Sénéchaux lies in the heart of the mythical Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation and dates back to the XIV century. It owes its name to the domaine's key vineyards in the Bois Sénéchaux area.
The Cazes family, owners of Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, purchased the Domaine des Sénéchaux in 2006.
With energy and dedication, the Cazes family have pursued the hard work carried out since 1998 by Bernard Tranchecoste. Following significant renovation works on the vineyard, particular attention was paid to the Grenache old vines which attest to the Domaine's longevity. The estate produces robust reds and fleshy, aromatic whites that reflect the rich characters of their respective terroirs.
Castro Novo, wines from Pape and AOC
It is highly likely that, in the Roman era, the vineyards already formed part of the Castro Novo territory, the former name for Châteauneuf-du-Pape. When the papacy relocated to Avignon in the XIV century, the prestigious title ''Vins du Pape'' was exported to Europe and the United States.
The traditional blend of grape varieties in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, composed mainly of Grenache, was established in the XVIII century by reputed winemakers including Joseph Ducos.
In order to accentuate the unique character of their wines, the region's winemakers founded the first wine union in 1984. This formed the basis for AOC (Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée) and the strict regulations that are in place today.