|Chateau de Vaudieu
501, Route de Courthézon (D92) 84231 Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Tel. +33 490 837 031
Manager: Laurent Brechet
Direct sale: Monday - Friday 9.00-12.30 and 14.00-17.00
impressive buildings at Chateau de Vaudieu was built in 1767 by an
admiral Gerin from the Marseille admiralty.
In the 19th century the wines from Vaudieu had a high
reputation. The domain was one of four exporting producers in
Chateauneuf du Pape. Today we do not consider the early production
of 200 hl. as a big production.
In the early 20th century the vineyards were in a state
of disrepair. In 1955 the estate was bought by Gabriel Meffre. At
that time the vineyards covered 24 ha.
Gabriel Meffre renovated the vineyards and planted new vines.
Meffre was born in a winegrower family, but when he started he
only had a few ha. and not an amount of money that indicated
that he would become one of the biggest owners of AOC vines in
France. When he died in 1987 his possessions covered around 900
ha. and quite a big negociant firm in Gigondas.
Gabriel Meffre has three children. His daughter Sylvette who had
married Michel Brechet inherited Chateau de Vaudieu and Domaine
des Bosquets in Gigondas as well as a domain of 60 ha in Cotes de
Provence, Chateau de la Coulerette.
Her brothers Jacques
big domains so that their sons today each own around 400 ha. from
where most of the production is sold to the negociant firm Gabriel
Meffre or to other negociants. The brothers at Vaudieu have
"only" 200 ha. but they bottle all the production and
have intention to make high quality wines.
of Gabriel Meffre's descendants has ever been co-owner or has
the negociant firm Gabriel Meffre. Jaques and Cristian Meffre
been delivering lots of wines to the firm through the years.
two brothers Laurent and Julien Brechet has shared the duties so
that Laurent is in charge of management and winemaking at Chateau
de Vaudieu and Julien has the responsability at Domaine
des Bosquets in Gigondas.
vineyards of Vaudieu are covering 70 ha. of which 10 ha. is with
white varieties. Since 2009 the family has been in control of 26 ha. in
Wines made at Vaudieu:
Chateauneuf du Pape
2015: 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah. Vinification i stell tank
Syrah aged for 12 months in pièces. Grenache in concrete
Chateauneuf du Pape Val de
2015: 60% Grenache and 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.
Fermentation in concrete. Aged for 18 months. Grenache in demi-muids, Syrah and Mourvedre in
Chateauneuf du Pape L'Avenue...
2015: 100% Grenache from parcel with red soil (iron) sand, clay and lime stones.
Maceration in tuliped cement tank. Aged in at least 3-years-old
Chateauneuf du Pape Amiral G
2016: 100% Grenache. fermentation in concrete. Aged for 18 month in new demi-muids.
Amiral G refers to admiral Gerin who built the chateau in 1767 and
also to Grenache.
Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
2017: 43% Grenache Blanc, 35% Roussanne, 12% Clairette, 10% Picardin.
35% aged in barrelse for 8 months.
Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Le Clos du Belvédère
2017: 100% Grenache Blanc from a vineyard called Le Clos du Belvédère.
Aged for 8 months in
barrels 500l or 2228l
The vineyard Clos du Belvedere
is the highest situated vineyards at the domains. The vines were planted
by Gabriel Meffre. When he discovered how much the cold mistral
influenced the vine he built an (tall to the north) not so nice wall of
cement blocks around the plot justifying
the word "clos" in the name of the cuvée.
Lirac Plateau des Chênes
2014: 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah. 1/3 aged for 12 months in used
Lirac Le Temps
Grenache, 2% Syrah. Aged in demi-muids for 12 months.
In 2009 a very steep parcel was
divided in to 44 terraces, 33 exposed towards the south and 11 to the
west. 13 different varieties representing the historic tradition of the
appellation were planted here. Younger wine lovers will probably in some years have the
opportunity to taste a "Cuvée 13" from the domain.