This 19th-Century castle is situated right in the heart of AOC Cru Julienas, in a locality known as Les Capitans. Centuries-old cedar trees in the stately gardens stand as tall sentinels of a long, illustrious past. The remarkably old vines form one single, undivided vineyard circling the estate, and benefit from optimal soil and microclimate conditions. South-southeast hillside exposure to
the sun allows the grapes to attain perfect ripening before they are harvested. According to popular tradition, this locality has preserved unmistakable signs of its Roman origin. Considered as a strategic point, this site was in all likelihood where military staff headquarters were located, thus, the name Capitan, which refers to the officer rank of captain, or first in command. In the 1940’s, the castle and vineyard estate belonged to Victor Peyret, a colorful wine
merchant and rambunctious gourmet from nearby Lyon, who left to posterity, among other things, the literary prize he endowed. At the annual mid-November wine festival held in the village of Julienas, the Victor Ppeyret Prize is awarded to a celebrity from the arts who is recognized as a worthy ambassador of Cru Julienas. The prize consists of 104 bottles of choice Julienas, just the right number to enjoy every Saturday and Sunday for an entire year!