Chateau Mont-Thabor was constructed in the 17th century and became the home of the Marquis of Vaucroze. The name Mont-Thabor was given by the Don Pernety, the founder of the sect of illuminates of Avignon.
In 1881 Fritz Stehelin from Switerland purchased the estate and today the domaine is managed by Daniel Stehelin.
Mont-Thabor is very small with only 4 hectares of Chateauneuf-du-Pape vines located in the southeast. The Grenache, which is 80 years old, comes from the lieu-dit Pied Redon where the soil is a mix of clay and sand covered by many large stone. The Syrah comes from Croix de Bois which is clay with large pebbles.
These are old-style Chateauneufs in the very best sense. The domaine makes only one cuvee from a blend of 80% 80-year-old Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre and Cinsault. The grapes are not destemmed and the wine is aged in 2/3 old oak and 1/3 tank before bottling. It you love full throttle Chateauneufs these are not for you. But if you love the traditional style which is lower in alcohol and much more elegant these are wines that will delight.