The terroir of Costières-de-Nîmes (formerly Costières-du-Gard), at the gates of the Camargue between the Rhône valley and Languedoc, faces south to the Mediterranean, with the powerful Mistral wind blowing from the south. A distinctive terroir which gives a powerful expressiveness to southern grape varieties and gives free rein to strong personalities like Gérard Eyraud on his Domaine de Rapatel.
By taking over the family estate located in Caissargues to the south of Nîmes in 1979, Gérard Eyraud committed himself with a spirit of total independence, far from the oenological precepts and the constraints of AOC, in a free and natural viticulture, exempt from all chemicals. He lovingly farms his 29 hectares of vines - for the reds, Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Bordeaux grape varieties - planted on a sandy-clay soil rich in rolled pebbles called “gress”. He harvests grapes at full ripeness and vinifies without any inputs to obtain juices that are both concentrated, intense and without heaviness, with a perfectly natural balance, subjected to long aging in vats (no wood) which refine a velvety and harmonious patina.