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Château d'Or et de Gueules

Owner: Diane de Puymorin
Region: Costieres de Nimes
Estate Size: 50 Hectares

Estate information
Diane's biography:
Diane was born in Biarritz in the Southwest of France. “As a kid, I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up,” she explains, “except that I was attracted by earth as a life symbol.” She graduated from the renowned National Institute of Agronomic Studies (Agro Paris) in 1988 and got married a year later. In 1990, she took on her first job in Bangkok, importing food product for the Casino group. For five years, she traveled an average of 20 days a month to cover the South-West Asia territory for which she was responsible. Her international business career ended as Diane and her husband decided to settle back in France and have a family. Chloé was born in 1995 and Barbara in 1997.

After two years of research, the family decided to invest in 70 hectares of vines in the Costières de Nimes region, located in the Camargue, in the rolling hills outside the ancient Roman city of Nimes. Diane perceived the true potential from the cailloux soils of Domaine de la Petite Cassagne. It was there that she established her plan: “extracting the true terroir from these soils to produce personalized wines at reasonable prices”. Starting from scratch, she knew that everything was up to her then. During one year of oenology and viticulture studies in Montpellier, she created her own wine style. She divorced in 1999, and buried herself in work for 7 long years, during which she restructured the vineyard, replanting 15 hectares while pulling 25, with one goal in mind: creating her “pleasure wine”.

Capitalizing on the fact that the Domaine had no past, she was able to impose her own style, on step at a time. She renamed the property “Chateau d’Or et de Gueules,” after her family’s crest: Or means gold in French and Gueules stands for red in ancient French. In 2004, Diane had a third daughter –Charlotte- with her second husband, Mathieu Chatain, who followed her wholeheartedly in her endeavors. Nowadays, Diane splits her busy schedule between the cellar, harvesting and winemaking, and handling the domain’s business management. She strives to improve the image of the Costières de Nimes wines throughout the world, as an active member of local organizations. Diane works with organic farming methods and believes in strictly limiting yields. The estate produces an average of 30 hl/ha, half the allowed yield. Unique pruning and leaf pulling techniques help optimize fruit maturity in her vineyards, and allow her to harvest before the autumnal weather changes.

As a person, Diane de Puymorin is a concentrate of pure energy. Always keeping a positive look on people and life in general, she exudes happiness and willingness to follow her passion for wine wherever it may lead her.

Featured Wine: Château d'Or et de Gueules Qu'Es Aquo Costières de Nîmes 2009

The Wine Advocate #191 November 2010: 90 Points.
The outstanding 2009 Costieres de Nimes Qu’es a Quo is 100% Carignan from 60-year-old vines. Normally, Carignan does not age well, but this cuvee, made from yields of 15 hectoliters per hectare, is a concentrated, opulent, velvety-textured effort bursting with blue and black fruit, earth, garrigue and spice box characteristics. In spite of its concentration and power, it should be drunk over the next 4-5 years. Proprietor Diane de Puymorin produces these impressively endowed Costieres de Nimes from a domaine that is virtually impossible to pronounce by English speaking consumers. To make things even more complicated, she then adds the Provencal words to the wines’ names. However, no matter what you call them, their quality is high class.

Other Wines produced by this Domaine:

Costières de Nîmes() La Bolida - Rouge
Costières de Nîmes Rouge() Les Cimels
Qu'es aQuo()
Syrah - Vin de Pays d'Oc() Only Girls

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