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Clos Chanteduc

Clos Chanteduc is a hilltop property that was purchased by Patricia & Walter Wells in 1984. Patricia Wells – journalist, […]

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Clos Chanteduc

Clos Chanteduc is a hilltop property that was purchased by Patricia & Walter Wells in 1984. Patricia Wells – journalist, author, and cooking teacher – is an American who has lived in Paris since 1980. She is the author of 11 books, the only woman and only foreigner to serve as restaurant critic of the French newsweekly, L’Express and since 1980 she has been food critic for the International Herald Tribune. Previously, she was a writer and editor for The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Since purchasing their dream home, Walter and Patricia have renovated the sprawling provençal farmhouse converting it into a comfortable home as well as a cooking school. Surrounding their home are 7.5 hectares of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre on rocky, clay-limestone soils located just outside the ancient Roman town of Vaison-la-Romaine.

For nearly a decade Patricia and Walter relied on a local estate in Vaison-la-Romaine to make their wine. When their neighbor retired in 2006 Yves Gras of the famed Domaine Santa Duc in nearby Gigondas took over the management of the vineyard as well as the winemaking.

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“Serious foodies undoubtedly know of Patricia Wells, a journalist, author and cooking instructor who is a long-time resident of the beautiful Provencal village of Vaison la Romaine. I have always found her to be one of the world’s most reliable restaurant critics. In addition to her cooking school, she and her husband own the Clos Chanteduc, a vineyard of 7.5 acres just outside Vaison la Romaine. The famous Gigondas producer, Yves Gras of Domaine Santa Duc is the winemaker at Clos Chanteduc.”

– Robert Parker
Rhône, France
  • Location
    Rhône, France
  • Primary Appellation
    Côtes-du-Rhône
  • Proprietor
    Walter & Patricia Wells
  • Winemaker
    Yves Gras
  • Size / Elevation
    2.75 hectares / 350 meters
  • Age of Vines
    30-60 years
  • Farming
    Certified organic
  • Varieties
    Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
  • Cellar
    Hand harvested, destemmed, fermentation in tank
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections
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