Domaine de l’Oratoire Saint Martin

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Domaine de l’Oratoire Saint Martin was on the cover of Decanter!

Brothers Frédéric and François Alary are the tenth generation of winemakers to tend this estate in the Côtes-du-Rhône over the last 300 years (the family history goes back to 1692). They succeeded their father in 1984, and cultivate 27ha of some of the best plots in Cairanne. The Alarys’ vineyards are located on steep hills of two main lieux-dits, les Douyes and St-Martin. The estate takes its name from the small chapel (oratoire) that stands in this last plot. The soil is very rocky, with a high proportion of limestone and two types of clay, yellow on the surface and blue deeper down. Most of the vines are over 40 years old and some are reaching their 100s.  Domaine de l’Oratoire Saint Martin has been run biodynamically since 2012.

Cairanne was promoted to Côtes du Rhône cru back in February of last year. Denis Alary, president of the Syndicat des Vignerons de Carainne, stated, “For us, promotion to cru status is an acknowledgement of the huge improvements we have made to the quality of both our white and red wines.”

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