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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: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2007.
Chateau de Vaudieu produces 5 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and 4 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc wines.
The terroir is a mix of clay, sand and stones. 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, although the blend can vary from vintage to vintage. The terroir is a mix of rocks, stones and and sand.
The wine comes from vines that are on average at least 60 years of age. The grapes are destemmed. The wine is aged in 80% demi-muids and the remainder 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. The terroir is rocks, and stones. Aging takes place completely in demi-muids.
Chateau de Vaudieu L’Avenue – Produced from 100% Grenache, from a terroir of rocks, clay and sand soil. The wine is aged in demi-muids for 18 months before bottling. The vines are planted in the Vaudieu lieu-dit.
Chateau de Vaudieu White Rhone Wine
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.
When to Drink Chateau de Vaudieu, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau de Vaudieu can be enjoyed on the young side. But the wine is better wine age. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. 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 usually better with 3-6 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 4-20 years after the vintage.
Serving 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.
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, barbecue and cassoulet. Chateau de Vaudieu is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant, tomatoes and cheese.
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
21 Vintages 38,277 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2016||Château de Vaudieu L'Avenue (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Garrigue and smoky red fruits kick things off in the nose. On the palate, the concentrated, wine is loaded with silky, elegant, fresh, sweet, ripe, pure kirsch notes that hold on to their spicy accent. Made from 100% old vine Grenache, there is layers of sweet, fruits, depth, purity and freshness going on here that makes you want to take another sip.
382 Views Tasted Sep 15, 2018
|2016||Château de Vaudieu Amiral G (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Elegance, purity and finesse in character, the sweet red fruits are accompanied by Herbs de Provence, pepper, flowers and kirsch. The wine offers concentration, focus and freshness, finishing with sweet plums and black raspberry notes. There is weight, persistency and purity here. The wine is made from 100% old vine, Grenache planted in sandy soils not too far from Chateau Rayas.
588 Views Tasted Sep 15, 2018
|2016||Château de Vaudieu Val de Dieu (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Rich, dense and intense, the ripe, spicy red berries, olives and garrigue get your attention quickly. Long, fresh, clean, refined and concentrated, the wine gets going quickly and stays with you. Purity, elegance, length and complexity are what you'll find here. Give it a few years for the tannins to soften and allow things to come together and this should be an even better wine. The wine was made blending 64% Grenache and 28% Syrah with 8% Mourvedre.
395 Views Tasted Sep 15, 2018
|2016||Château de Vaudieu (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Spicy, fresh, black raspberries, herbs and bay leaf jump right up. On the palate, the wine is sweet, fresh and invigorating with loads of spicy, juicy, dark kirsch notes in the finish.
372 Views Tasted Sep 15, 2018
|2015||Château de Vaudieu L'Avenue (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Smoked meat, garrigue and cherry liqueur get this off the ground and on to a good start. On the palate, this is sexy, with sweet, lush, cherries that don't want to quit. Made from 100% old vine Grenache, there is sweet, fruit, depth, purity and freshness going on here.
1,554 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Château de Vaudieu Val de Dieu (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Intense and rich, yet, elegantly refined and pure, the spicy, sweet cherry and floral nose is just great. The tannins are pure silk and the kirsch really sticks with you from start to finish. The wine was made blending 60% Grenache and 30% Syrah with 10% Mourvedre.
1,772 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Château de Vaudieu Amiral G (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
From 100% old vine Grenache, from vines not too far from Rayas, this earthy, mineral driven beauty shows black raspberry, garrigue, thyme and pepper in the nose, and on the richly textured, full bodied, soft palate. With weight and depth, this is really fine and will age nicely.
1,547 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2014||Château de Vaudieu L'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.
875 Views Tasted Jun 22, 2016
|2014||Château de Vaudieu 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.
1,139 Views Tasted Jun 24, 2016
|2014||Château de Vaudieu (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.
2,392 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2016
|2013||Château de Vaudieu 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.
1,951 Views Tasted Sep 7, 2015
|2013||Château de Vaudieu (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.
2,434 Views Tasted Sep 7, 2015
|2012||Château de Vaudieu 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.
2,578 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2014
|2012||Château de Vaudieu (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.
2,194 Views Tasted Sep 10, 2014
|2012||Château de Vaudieu 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.
3,043 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2014
|2011||Château de Vaudieu (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, soft, forward and spicy, ample red berries and garrigue carry though from start to finish in this tasty wine.
1,712 Views Tasted Aug 19, 2014
|2011||Château de Vaudieu 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.
2,005 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2014
|2010||Château de Vaudieu 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.
2,629 Views Tasted Oct 1, 2015
|2010||Château de Vaudieu (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Fully ready to go, this is all about the sweet, fresh, clean, pure kirsch, black raspberry, spice and floral notes. Elegant, soft and silky, there is a great quality to the medium bodied, refined. red fruits that gets you ready for another sip, again and again.
2,396 Views Tasted Sep 8, 2017
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.
3,386 Views Tasted May 29, 2013
|2009||Château de Vaudieu (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Fully mature, medium bodied, soft textured and focused on its spicy, elegant, kirsch and black raspberry notes.
1,180 Views Tasted Mar 4, 2018
|2007||Château de Vaudieu 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.
1,753 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2017