CÔTES DU RHÔNE Village Laudun

Mme Butterfly

Appellation AOP Côtes du Rhône : The history of Laudun stretches back to Roman times, as evidenced by the Camp de César, a major archaeological site lying on a vast fortified plateau. Historians believe that vines were first planted on the Laudun hillsides around this time. The wines of Laudun grew in popularity, particularly in the 17th century. In 1967, Laudun officially became a Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation authorised to feature its village name.

Climate : The climate here is Mediterranean, refreshed by the cleansing Mistral wind. Summers are hot and dry, with sometimes violent storms. Rainfall is low, and snow is rare.

Grape varieties : Grenache, Syrah.

Alcohol content : 14.5%

Soil : Soil ranging from claylimestone to sand, producing full, generous and fruity wines. The parcels are situated on the edge of the garrigue forest, benefiting a great sun exposer facing south.

Harvest : 100% harvested and sorted by hand. The grapes are hand-harvested to the optimal maturity using small cases to avoid crushing.

Vinification : The grapes are fully destemmed and then vinified in inox vats, where they will spend between 5 to 7 weeks. The alcoholic fermentation is brought on by the indigenous yeasts. The pumping-over and rack and return operations carried out during the vatting period are determined by daily tastings.

Ageing : The wine is mainly aged in vats with a part of French oak barrels from 6-12 months.


Colour: Intense garnet red.

Nose: Very floral (violet), intense black fruit, exotic spices such cinnamon and patchouli developing hints of oak. 

Palate: A generous palate of voluptuous dark fruits and black cherry flavours integrated with soft exotic spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. Secondary flavours escape from the wood, a strong warm texture of vanilla, mocha, and cedary oak. Tightly structured with silky tannins and a long round palate with impressive length.

Recommended food pairing : Mme Butterfly pairs nicely with lamb chops in batter, Roman-style sautéed lamb, roast pigeon with raisins or accompanying a rich hot chocolate dessert such as a moelleux de chocolate!

Recommended Musical pairing :  Opera ‘Mme Butterfly’ composed by Giacomo Puccini

Serving temperature : 16-18°C.

Ageing potential : Excellent now, this wine can be cellared for 4 to 5 years of age.

Specificity : Sold in more than 25 Michelin restaurants in France.

Musical appetizer

Our pioneering ‘Musical Appetizer’ created to harmonise music and wine has shown great interest, including being featured on French television.

The ‘musical appetizer’ is a small catalogue that is placed over on the neck of the bottle. On this catalogue, along with photos and information on the winery, there is a QR code that can be scanned by any smart phone. This will link the individual to youtube, to listen to the music of the opera that the wine is named after. The aria is sung by Alexandre Marcelli-Audier himself (owner of Chateau Juliette). Each of Chateau Juliette’s wines have a specific opera name that are paired with their own music. Clients can watch the winery’s video on their phones whilst listening to the music and tasting the wines!!

Wine with music for your enjoyment … anytime, anywhere!