Château de Vaudieu

Southern Rhône, southern rhone France

The 18th century Château de Vaudieu has been in the Bréchet family for over 50 years and today is run by Laurent Bréchet, the grandson of the original owner. The name ‘Vaudieu’ originates from ‘Vallée de Dieu’, or ‘Valley of God’ – in reference to the beauty of the area around Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Vaudieu has 70 hectares of vineyards in total, of which 60 hectares are planted to red varieties on prized sites located just east of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, neighbouring the vineyards of the famed Château Rayas. Twenty-three separate plots have been identified, each of which is harvested at optimum maturity. The soils vary greatly, from sandy beds and calcareous hillsides to raised terraces of the famous ‘galets roulés’, offering huge potential for complexity in the wines. The fruit from the sandier soils lends aromatic elegance to the blend, while that from the ‘galets’ gives power and intensity. The ‘Closerie de Vaudieu’, the property’s second wine, is a blend of 53% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 9% Cinsault and 3% Mourvèdre. It offers lively, berry fruits on the nose with juicy, ripe tannins that complement the cherry, cassis and herbal character. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge ‘Grand Vin’, is a blend of 58% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 11% Mourvèdre and 6% Cinsault from the best plots grown on sandy soil and red sandstone. It is aged in used oak for 12 months, adding power and complexity to the finished wine, which boasts flavours of ripe red and black fruits, sweet spice and hints of liquorice. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is a blend of 52% Grenache Blanc, 27% Clairette and 21% Roussanne, sourced from the Château’s best plots found on limestone flint hillsides and terraces of ‘galets roulés’. Half the blend is aged in used oak for 8 months to a complex roundness to the blend. The finished wine is textured with notes of almond, ripe stone fruit and a powerful mineral edge on the long finish.


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