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)
Covers 40 ha of Gigondas.
2016: 60% Grenache, 30%
Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.
Covers 140 ha of Cotes du
Rhone / Cotes du Rhone Plan de Dieu. The domain is not open to the public.
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.
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)
enabled Eugene Raspail to build Chateau Raspail situated by vineyards he had
inherited from his father. 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.