Sante Cécile is a working wine village in the middle of the southern Côtes du Rhône (méridional). With the rise of new world wines, the French have upped their game and many producers are now concentrating on high end quality wine.
All the famous Crus are within easy reach by car: Chateauneuf du Papes (30 mins), Gigondas (15 mins), Vacqueras (14 mins), Tavel (35 mins), Beaumes-de-Venise (20 mins). Cairanne, which achieved Cru status in February 2016, is the next door village three minutes away. In fact, the border of the Cairanne appellation starts only about 100 metres from the house.
I have become acquainted with a fair number of the better Domaines over the years and will update with a list of some recommendations in due course. If you find one or more you like, please do leave a comment. I’m always up for trying new producers. You can’t have too much knowledge about wine, in my view!
Sainte Cécile itself has a number of independent producers in addition to the two Caves Co-operatives. Almost all the wine domaines are within walking distance. They include:
- Domaine de la Presidente
- Domaine Moun Pantai
- Domaine Phillipe Plantevin
- Grand Bois
- Château Les Quatre Filles
- Domaine Rouge-Bleu
I’ll also update with more details on each of these when I get a chance.