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Chateau de Vaudieu History, Overview
Chateau de Vaudieu is one of the older estates in Chateauneuf du Pape. The beautiful, classic chateau was built in 1767. Chateau de Vaudieu is not only one of the oldest estates in the Southern Rhone Valley, they were also one of the first to export their wine to other markets. Chateau de Vaudieu was one of the larger vineyards in the region by the mid to late 1800’s.
The beginning of the modern era for Chateau de Vaudieu begins in 1955 when the historic property was purchased by the Meffre family. At that point in time, the vineyards of Chateau de Vaudieu had been reduced to 24 hectares. Gabriel Meffre was able to expand the property to its current 70 hectare size. The success of Chateau de Vaudieu was not the only activity for Gabriel Meffre. He also developed a large negociant company in Gigondas and eventually acquired 900 hectares of vines in total!
Through marriage, Chateau de Vaudieu has remained in the family. Today, the estate is managed by the Brechet family. The daughter of Gabriel Meffre, Sylvette married Michel Brechet. One of the first moves made by the Brechet family was to bring in Philippe Cambie as the consultant.
Chateau de Vaudieu Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Chateau de Vaudieu owns 70 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf du Pape. 60 hectares are used for red wine grapes. 10 hectares are reserved for white wine grape varietals. The terroir is mostly and, small rock, limestone and marl soils. All 13 allowable grape varieties are planted at Chateau de Vaudieu. They have old Grenache vines that are more than 65 years of age. In 2013, the cellars were completely renovated. New tulip shaped, cement vats similar to those installed at Chateau Cheval Blanc in St. Emilion were installed.
The best vintages of Chateau de Vaudieu are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2007.
Chateau de Vaudieu produces 3 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and 4 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc wines.
Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf du Pape is produced with a blend that is usually 80% old vine Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. The wine comes from vines that are on average 50 years of age. The grapes are destemmed. The wine is aged in a combination of new, French oak barrels and demi muids for 18 months. On average, slightly more than 4,000 cases are produced each year.
Chateau de Vaudieu Closerie de Vaudieu Rouge is made with a blend of 65% old vine Grenache, 25%, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. The wine comes from vines that are on average at least 55 years of age. The grapes are destemmed. The wine is aged in a combination of new and used French oak barrels and cement vats for 12 months. Close to 8,000 cases are produced each vintage.
Chateau de Vaudieu Val de Dieu is produced from a blend of 60% old vine Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre. The wine comes from vines that are on average at least 60 years of age. The grapes are destemmed. The wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for 18 months. Close to 500 cases are produced each vintage.
Chateau de Vaudieu Admiral G – The name of the wine is a hommage to the previous owner of the property that built the famous chateau, Admiral Gerin. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache.
Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc – 80% Grenache Blanc, 15% Roussane, 5% Picardan create the blend. The production is close to 1,500 cases per vintage.
Chateau de Vaudieu Le Clos du Belvedere – This is one of the few Southern Rhone Valley wines made from 100% old vine, Grenache Blanc. The wine is aged for 6 to 9 months before bottling. Close to 160 cases are produced each year.
Chateau de Vaudieu Les Vieilles Roussanne is made from 100% Roussanne from vines that average 40 years of age.
Serving and Decanting Chateau de Vaudieu with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Chateau de Vaudieu is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau de Vaudieu is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Chateau de Vaudieu is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
The white wine of Chateau de Vaudieu is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Chateau de Vaudieu also produces red and white wine from vines they own in the Gigondas, Lirac and Cotes du Rhone appellations.
Château de Vaudieu Wine Tasting Notes
13 Vintages 21140 Views Sort Vintage Rating
2014 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Avenue ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Elegant, silky, fresh, sweet, and with some tannic that will take a few years before the wine is at peak. Made from 100% old vine Grenache, there is depth, freshness and the ability to age, which is saying a lot for this wine, considering it is from a difficult vintage.
Jun 22, 2016points - Tasted 678 Views
2014 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Fresh thyme, jammy black raspberry, rocks and stone scents power the wine. On the palate, the wine is fresh, medium bodied, elegant and refined, with a sweet kirsch, finesse driven finish.
Jun 24, 2016points - Tasted 732 Views
2014 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Domaine de Vaudieu is really making some great, delicious, affordable Chateauneuf these days. Incense, kirsch, garrigue and soft, polished, luscious, fresh, sweet cherries are all over the place on both the nose and the palate.
Jun 23, 2016points - Tasted 1049 Views
2013 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Thyme, black raspberry and herbs, with fresh cracked pepper and new, toasty oak notes in the perfume adds to the rich, silky and lush textures. This is quite strong for the vintage. The wine was made using a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah.
Sep 7, 2015points - Tasted 1073 Views
2013 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Ripe black cherry and herbs, with silky, soft textures and an olive component that mixes perfectly with the black raspberry finish. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.
Sep 7, 2015points - Tasted 1490 Views
2012 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Amiral G ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Earthy in character, the wine is all about the sweet, soft and spicy, fresh core of fruit and licorice. With lusty textures and layers of sweet fruits, the wine is long, clean and fresh. This 100% old vine Grenache based wine will be better with a few years of age.
Sep 17, 2014points - Tasted 2275 Views
2012 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Elegant, polished, sweet and fresh, the wine serves up a richly textured, spicy, peppery, kirsch finish. Blending 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah produced a wine that reached 15% alcohol.
Sep 17, 2014points - Tasted 2217 Views
2012 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Medium bodied and elegantly styled, there is a good sweetness and fresh character to the polished, peppery, ripe red fruits on the palate. Made from a blend of 75% Grenache and 15% Syrah, the wine reached 15% alcohol.
Sep 10, 2014points - Tasted 2093 Views
2011 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Elegant, fresh and inviting, with its clean sweet kirsch flavors and aromatics, the wine is sweet and polished in character. Produced from a blend of 66% Grenache, 27% Mourvedre and 7% Syrah. The wine reached 15% alcohol.
Aug 26, 2014points - Tasted 1649 Views
2011 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Medium bodied, soft, forward and spicy, ample red berries and garrigue carry though from start to finish in this tasty wine.
Aug 19, 2014points - Tasted 1617 Views
2010 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Amiral G ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
From 100% old vine Grenache, this wine is powerful, ripe, OK very ripe, alcoholic and packed to the gills with incredibly sweet, ripe, deep red fruits. Aromatic and palate filling, this wine fills your palate and coats your mouth with flavors that really linger. This is still quite young. A few more years will add a lot more complexity to the wine.
Oct 1, 2015points - Tasted 1884 Views
2010 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Ripe, supple and already delicious, the wine is sweet, fat and filled with fresh, jammy berries and licorice. The wine was produced using 100% organic farming techniques and was consulted by Philippe Cambie.
May 29, 2013points - Tasted 3292 Views
2007 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Rich, supple, sexy expression of kirsch, spice, thyme and peppery, fat black cherries. The wine was made from a blend of 44% Grenache, 45% Syrah and 11% Mourvedre.
Mar 9, 2017points - Tasted 1091 Views