Domaine de L'Arnesque

Rhône Valley
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Marie Biscarrat, Julien Biscarrat
Sebastian Pathier

Basic Info

Not much has changed in the six generations that the Biscarrat have owned this special property. Not much but the name, that is. In 2005 Laurent Biscarrat passed the Domaine onto his children, Marie and Julien. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is comprised of several lieu-dits named specifically for their unique terroir. The lieu-dit of L'Arnesque, situated just southwest hill-side on the famed Mont Redon plateau, is one of those special areas. The majority of the Biscarat's 5.5 hectares of Chateauneuf-du-Pape holdings are situated here, and so one of the first things Marie and Julien did was change the name from Domaine du Calongues to Domaine de l'Arnesque. L'Arnesque's holdings in Chateauneuf-du-pape are comprised mostly 50= year old vines. The soil here is covered with galets and contains a good amount of clay and limestone (with stony sub-soil). Marie's husband, Sebastian Pathier is the current winemaker at the Domaine. He studied chemistry before discovering his true passion in oenology. The cellar was built in 1964 in Jonquieres by Marie's great uncle and was recently renovated in 2008. In addition to their Chateauneuf-du-Pape holdings, the Domaine also owns vineyards in Cairanne, Camarat, Travaillan, and 20 hectares around Orange that goes into their Cotes du Rhone bottling.