Notes from Baron Francois:
"Eugene Maret purchased Domaine de la Charbonniere in 1912 as a gift for his wife, who was the daughter of a local vintner.
Their son, Fernand Maret, expanded the estate until his son, Michel Maret, took over the property as third generation in 1973. Michel gave the estate its current name of Domaine de la Charbonnière because he was inspired by the lieu-dit of the domain. The name means “the area of charcoal burning.”
The fourth generation of the Maret family, Veronique and Caroline have both been managing the domain since 2014. Veronique has been responsible for the winemaking since 2007, and their parents, Mirrielle and Michel, still work on the grounds as well.
Veronique’s most notable influences at Domaine de la Charbonniere has been to update and modernize the winery itself, while also adamantly employing organic winemaking practices. She brings a new perspective and energy to a traditional estate that will surely find itself in the spotlight in vintages to come.
Domaine de la Charbonnière spreads over 19.52 hectares of Châteauneuf du Pape; 5.79 ha of Vacqueyras, and 1.51 ha of Côtes du Rhône."