The Domaine du Père Caboche, the fruit of a long lineage of winemakers for four centuries

In the old times, my family members, the Boisson, had two jobs at once: they were both wine-makers and black-smiths. The name of our estate comes from this second profession, because the nails used to fix the shoe under the horse’s foot are called, in our regional language, “caboche”. It was, at the time, the nickname used to call the Boisson family. Only my father, Teophile, fatherless at age 3, could not learn the duty of a    black-smith. On the other hand, his mother, who was in charge of the estate, raised him to love the vines and wine, and so he became a wine-maker as well, just like his ancestors. Still, he kept the nickname “caboche”. That is how the first bottles of the Domaine du Père Caboche appeared.

A long time before all this, our vineyard belonged to the Chambellan family. In 1777, my ancestor, Jean-Louis Boisson, married Elisabeth Chambellan and so became vine-grower in Châteauneuf du Pape. Since then, we have had parcels that have remained in the family, without there being any exchange or sale. The vines which are still there now are over 100 years old and produce an outstanding wine. The oldest parcel was planted in 1906. As a tribute and thanks to Elisabeth, we are today vine-growers from father to son and daughter.

Original Wedding act extract of
Élisabeth Chambellan and Jean-Louis Boisson in 1777

Original Baptism certificate of Louis Hipolite Boisson in 1787,
Legitimate son of Élisabeth Chambellan and Jean-Louis Boisson


Our domaine comes from a long line of passionate vine-growers who have transmitted their knowledge through generations. Today, I am proud to perpetrate this tradition with my children, Nicolas and Emilie, on an estate that has stayed within the family. We take great care of our vines, still in respect with tradition, and with concern for environment protection. The vinification and aging of our wines come from this counciousness, and they reflect to the best their soil and the vine-grower’s job.