Chateau Raspail /
Caroline and François Meffre - Sister
490 658 893
Direct sale: At Chateau Raspail
Meffre was born in a wine grower family, but no one could foresee that he -
when he founded a negociantfirm in 1936 - would become the owner of the
biggest amount of hectares of AOC-vines in France - more than 900 ha -
before his decease in 1987.
After the death of Gabriel
Meffre his empire was divided between his three children:
Domaine Bois des
Sylvette Brechet Chateau
de Vaudieu Domaine
Chistian Meffre inherited Chateau Raspail
together with other properties:
Chateau de Ruth (St. Cécile-les-Vignes - sold in 2009), Chateau Saint Jean (Travaillan)
and a par of the vineyards of Domaine de Valori (Courthezon).
Covers 40 ha. of Gigondas.
60% Grenache, 30%
Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.
Covers 140 ha of Cotes du
Rhone / Cotes du Rhone Plan de Dieu
Chateauneuf du Pape
90% Grenache and 10% Syrah.
Cotes du Rhone Village Plan de Dieu
80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Carignan.
Cotes du Rhone
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Carignan.
Chateau Raspail has a remarkable history
as it was built for money earned by buying and then selling a romain statue
(replica of Diadumenos Polyclitus) discovered
by excavations in Vaison-la-Romaine and then bought by Eugene Raspail (1812-1888)
for a reasonable price and shortly after sold to British Museum for 25.000 Francs.
(A copy is at the tasting room at Raspail)
These money enabled Eugene Raspail
to build Chateau Raspail situated by vineyards he had inherited from his
In the years when the chateau was
built the phylloxera attacked the vines in Europe in the1860-ties. After
that some years passed by before vines again were planted by another owner
of Chateau Raspail
Chateau Raspail reminds of an Italien villa and this is because Eugene
Raspail in his younger days were exiled in Italy because of revolutionary
In 1979 the legendary Gabriel Meffre
bought Chateau Raspail and it's vineyards.