25 to 60 years
Organic, in conversion
calcareous sandy-clayey in slopes
The bustling and dynamic Christian Bonfils and his equally energetic wife Cathy run the 50-hectare Domaine Boissan from the centre of Sablet. Both were born into wine: Cathy’s family make wine in Pommard in Burgundy, and Christian has inherited from both sides of his family. Twelve hectares of his Sablet holdings came directly from his maternal grandfather in 1982; he has since bought another 5.5 ha. In 1985 he took over his father’s vines, which were mainly in Gigondas. His vines in Sablet account for a third of his production, with four plots in the eastern heights of the village, four to the west of the river, and eleven in the middle section around the village. As they are convinced that much of Sablet is ideal for white wine production, they have gradually increased plantings of the iconic Rhone Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier varieties. All their white wines are certified Ecocert Organic, all reds are organic farmed and soon will be certified.