Maison Gabriel Meffre Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Maison Gabriel Meffree Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone wine producer profile with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairings, best vintages, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and images. If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Maison Gabriel Meffre History, Overview

The genesis of behind the wines of Gabriel Meffre starts in 1936 when a young Gabriel Meffre open his own negociant firm in Gigondas and begins working with a myriad of different growers in the Southern Rhone Valley. By 1987, when Gabriel Meffre passes away, he owned more than 900 hectares of vines in the Rhone Valley!

Aside from leaving behind an estate in Chateauneuf du Pape and his negociant company, Gabriel Meffre also had a daughter. Like father, like daughter, Sylvette Meffre also became a wine maker. She owns the highly respected Domaine Vaudieu in Chateauneuf du Pape. The Gabriel Meffree negociant company was eventually bought out by Allied Domecq in 1990.

Maison Gabriel Meffree Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Gabriel Meffree produces three Chateauneuf du Pape wines. Two red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and one Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc. They also produce wine in Gigondas, Vacqueyras and the Cotes du Rhone appellation.

Gabriel Meffree Larus is made from a blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre. From vines that more than 45 years of age, the wine is aged in a combination of new and used, French, oak barrels for 12 to 14 months before bottling. The amount of new oak can be up to 33% precent. On average, the production is close to 1,800 cases per year.

Gabriel Meffree l’Orme Chaule is produced from mostly old vine Grenache, along with Mouvedre, Syrah and Cinsault. The wine is aged in cement tanks. The different grape varietals are not destemmed. However each grape is vinified separately. The producion is on average close to 800 cases per year.

Gabriel Meffree Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is made from a blend of 55% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette, 20% Roussanne and 5% Picardin. They are one of the few estates to use a fairly large perentage of Picardin in their blend. The production is about 250 cases per year.

Serving and Decanting Maison Gabriel Meffree with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Maison Gabriel Meffree 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. Gabriel Meffree 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. Gabriel Meffree is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.

The white wine of Maison Gabriel Meffree is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

Gabriel Meffre also produces red and white wine from Gigondas, Vacqueyras and the Cotes du Rhone appellations. This array of wines includes the interestingly named, Fat Bastard, produced from 100% Chardonnay and Wild Pig, which is made using 100% Syrah.

Gabriel Meffre Wine Tasting Notes

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2014Gabriel Meffre Saint-Théodoric  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)87 pts

Medium bodied, oaky, and early drinking in its style, the wine offers an approachable, round, sweet red fruit center at the core of its personality.

87 points - Tasted
2013Gabriel Meffre Laurus  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)89 pts

Licorice, black cherry and earthy scents in the nose, paired with round, plush textures in an easy drinking style.

89 points - Tasted
2012Gabriel Meffre Laurus  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)90 pts

Luscious in character, with ripe, sweet, spicy berries and jam, the ripe fruits really show well.

90 points - Tasted
2012Gabriel Meffre Saint-Théodoric  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)88 pts

Silky, soft ripe berries, good freshness and sweet, red fruits are tasted all the way through.

88 points - Tasted
2011Gabriel Meffre Laurus  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)88 pts

Sweet, spicy red fruits, soft, medium bodied, with fresh, spicy plum and fennel notes that stick with you through the finish.

88 points - Tasted
2011Gabriel Meffre Saint-Théodoric  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)86 pts

Light in color and fruit, this correct, medium bodied, red fruit dominated wine is an easy drinking charmer that will be best young.

86 points - Tasted