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The AOC area defined as Cru is an enclave in the area Condrieu in the northern section of the Rhone, The classification was made in 1936. With only 3.5 hectares of vineyards, it is one of the smallest appellations France. From 1820 it was the sole property of the Neyret-Gachet family or their descendants for 180 years. However, the winery of the same name writes Château Grillet (without hyphen). After the death of her father André Canet, it was managed by Isabelle Baratin-Canet since 1994. This is the only case that a complete appellation is in sole ownership and there is even (almost) the same name between the winery and the AOC name. Finally, the property was taken over by the French industrialist François in March 2011 Pinault (* 1936) bought, including that Château Latour heard.
The extremely steep terraced Vineyards lie 150 meters above the Rhone at up to 250 meters above sea level on a granite sub-floor with a mixture of sand and clay. They extend over the two municipalities of Saint-Michel and Vérin in the Loire department on the right bank of the Rhône and form a sun-drenched amphitheater open to the south high above the river. The name is derived from "grillé" (grilled or roasted) and refers to the sunny location. The extremely low earnings averages 26 hl / ha. The much-praised white wine mentioned in many travel reports in the 17th century is 100% unmixed out Viognier pressed and matured in 18 to 24 months , He is often described as one of the best white wines in the world and has already inspired mathematician Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) and US President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). Only 10,000 to 12,000 bottles of this long-lived wine are produced annually.
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