The Quiot family have been a presence in Châteauneuf-du-Pape since 1748 and have weathered the upheavals of revolution, phylloxera, economic collapse and war bloodied but unbowed. They now own estates in Châteauneuf (Domaine du Vieux Lazaret), Sablet (Château du Trignon) and Provence (Domaine Houchart), making wines at each that many Society members will be very familiar with.
Vieux Lazaret takes its name from the silent order of Lazarist monks who kept a local quarantine hospital in the 17th century, and the domaine came to the family through marriage in the first half of the 19th century. Jean Quiot moved with his bride to the town of Châteauneuf and went on to become mayor between 1852 and 1860. Until the 1980s the wine was sold in bulk but Genevieve and Jérôme Quiot decided at that time to bottle their own wines from the estate and have continued to do so with great success.
Over their 90 hectares, split into 35 separate parcels, three main soil types predominate. One is the typical alluvial, galet-strewn land many associate with Châteauneuf-du-Pape; the second is stony terraces with underlying sand and gravel, and the third formed of clay and limestone.
Grenache, cinsault, syrah and mourvédre are used for the red wines, trellised and trained as bush vines. The hand-harvested bunches are destemmed at the winery and are fermented in concrete before spending a minimum 18 months in vats or foudres, with the Cuvée Exceptionelle grenache-syrah blend spending 12 months in vat and 12 in barrel before bottling. A white is also made, from the clay-limestone terroir.