Chateau de Vaudieu

Brechet family
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


The 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.

Gabriel 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 and Christian inherited other 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.
None of Gabriel Meffre's descendants has ever been co-owner or has worked at
the negociant firm Gabriel Meffre. Jaques and Cristian Meffre
have been delivering lots of wines to the firm through the years.

The 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.

The 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 Lirac.

Wines made at Vaudieu:

Chateauneuf du Pape
2015: 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah. Vinification in stell tank
Syrah aged for 12 months in pièces. Grenache in concrete

Chateauneuf du Pape Val de Dieu
2015: 60% Grenache and 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. 
Fermentation in concrete. Aged for 18 months. Grenache in demi-muids, Syrah and Mourvedre in new barrels. 

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 demi-muids

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 barrels 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.

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Les Vielles Roussanne
2017: 100% Roussanne.

Lirac Plateau des Chênes
2014: 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah. 1/3 aged for 12 months in used barrels. 

Lirac Le Temps
2013: 98% 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.  



.Laurent Brechet - the tasting room

Larent Brechet at Decovertes 2013. To the right his brother Julien.

In 2013 5 new special cement tanks were installed - so called tulips -
 for vinification of the top cuvées

This underground ageing cellar is from 1767 when the castle was built and was mentioned in the original plans from the architect. When Meffre bought the estate no one knew where it was but it was found by chance by boring for water.

Photo from Facebook showing the team deciding the blend of 2013 from Chateau de Vaudieu. From the left Laurent Brechet, a caviste showing to the winmaker Christophe Schurdevin, Philippe Cambie and Julien Brechet.

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