Domaine du Banneret is a family run winery just inside Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Its origins trace back to 1405! In 1625, Jean Gaspard Bertet de la Cluse was a commander of the colony of Illinois, which at the time was greater French Louisiana. Today, Banneret is run by one of his descendants, Jean-Claude Vidal. They own 3 hectares of vineyards total with eight separate plots. The average age of the vines is 70 years old & some are older than 90 years! Everything is done meticulously by hand including labeling the bottles. A truly unique factor is that Banneret uses ALL 13 allowable varietals of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in their wine. They employ a slow, natural fermentation process and use only native yeasts and use traditional and organic practices.