Chatus or the excellence of the Cévenol terroir.
The origin of the name comes from the time of the Romans. The latter referred to "Chatus" as a small gold coin.
The Chatus was already known by the Ardéchois Olivier de Serres, forerunner of agronomy, who quotes him in his book «Le théâtre d'agriculture et mesnage des champs», published in March 1600, more than four centuries ago.
In the 19th century, Chatus was the main red grape grown in the Cévennes. In the 1880s, the phylloxera crisis destroyed most of the French vineyard, including the Chatus in Ardèche.
Some plots were preserved, which allowed in the 1980s to revive this historic grape after several years of attention, work and love of the vine.