Le Vieux Donjon: The Next Generation

This family estate is under new management, and its track record for excellence is in good hands
Le Vieux Donjon: The Next Generation
The kids kept the old foudres, moving them into the new cellar. (James Molesworth)
Jul 7, 2017

The Michel siblings, Claire Fabre, 34, and her brother François Michel, 28, have taken the reins at Le Vieux Donjon from their father, Lucien, who piloted this estate to one of the most consistent track records in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

With their parents officially retired, the kids opened up a new tasting room and winery facility in 2013, on the road to Courthézon, just as you leave Châteauneuf. "So my parents have some quiet now in their home," says François. "But of course, they still keep an eye over our shoulders."

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