The winery is located in the commune of Châteauneuf-du-Pape
in the area of the same name in the southern Rhône valley
. Jacques Reynaud (+1997), already legendary in his lifetime, introduced a rigorous organic winegrowing
system. Since his death, the estate has been managed by his nephew Emmanuel, who had already become famous with his Château des Tours in Vaqueyras before the takeover. The vineyards cover 15 hectares. Of these, 13 hectares are planted with Grenache Noir (90%), Cinsaut and Syrah reds and two hectares with whites. The red wine is made from 100% pure Grenache Noir grapes and matures for one to three years in oak barrels with a capacity of 450 litres, depending on the vintage. The high quality is achieved through age-old vines and a rigorous yield limitation of 15 hectolitres/hectare (50% of AC determination). Another reason is the soil conditions. The heat-storing, fist- to head-sized "galets roules" (rolling pebbles), for which the Châteauneuf-du-Pape area is famous, have been almost completely removed from the sandy vineyards. This leads to a slightly delayed ripening and thus a slightly longer vegetation period, which is probably partly responsible for the enormous complexity and depth of taste.
The deep dark red wine is considered to be one of the best Châteauneuf-du-Pape alongside that of Château de Beaucastel
and is also one of the best red wines in the world. It is extremely long-lasting and can be stored for at least 20 to 30 years and more. A reserve of the 1998 vintage costs € 400 (as of the end of 2009). The second wine is called "Pignan", even this one is still one of the best of the appellation. Only small quantities are produced, 10,000 to 20,000 bottles of first wine and depending on the vintage up to 12,000 bottles of second wine. Mostly the few bottles are distributed to loyal regular customers. There is also a white version. Regardless of the celebrities, hardly anyone manages to visit the estate. Under the AC designation Côtes du Rhône the brands "Fonsalette" in red (Grenache, Cinsaut and Syrah, as well as a pure Syrah) and white (Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Clairette), as well as "La Pialade" are produced.