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Michel Maret, passionate, yet a man of very, very few words, inherited Domaine de la Charbonniere from his father in 1973. It was Maret's grandfather, Eugene Maret, who originally purchased the domaine, in 1912, a gift for his wife – her father a top winemaker in the village. Michel christened the domaine, naming it for one of the many parcels which comprise its multiple holdings – a particularly fine plot situated in the eastern sector near Courthezon.
In addition to the 50-year-old vines in the Charbonniere lieu-dit, their oldest vines are based in the renowned Le Crau lieu dit (adjacent to the Brunier family's ancient plot); a site covered with those well-known galets roulés. In total, the estate now covers 45 acres in Chateauneuf, producing up to 8 individual cuvees based on vintage conditions.
These new cuvees are the work of Michel Maret's highly talented, immensely gifted daughters – the fourth generation to join the family estate – Caroline and Veronique. They began converting the estate to organics shortly after joining their father in 2004, and the results of their work are phenomenal. Each vintage they've produced – 2007, 2010, 2012 – from bud break to bottling have been better than the one preceding.