Some quite extraordinary and very complex Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines are made at the family-run Château de Vaudieu, a testament to both the remarkable local terroir and the skill and prowess of their winemaker, Philippe Cambie. His unparalleled understanding of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and its ancient varieties has ensured that Châteaude Vaudieu is a leading benchmark for other southern Rhone Valley properties – over the past decade or more Châteaude Vaudieu has been one of the finest and most reliable names in the region.
Châteaude Vaudieu has been producing high-quality wine in the appellation since the 18th century. This mid-sized estate with 70 hectares benefits greatly from exceptional vineyard sites, some of which average 60-plus years of age. The property takes its name from the local description ‘Val de Dieu,’ a reference to the region’s spectacular landscape. It was founded in 1767 by Admiral Gérin, a lieutenant in the Marseille admiralty. He constructed a magnificent Châteauat the heart of the region and built up a mighty reputation for his wines’ quality. Of course, as is typically the way with wine estates, the Châteauchanged hands over the years until it came under the control of Gabriel and Juliette Meffre. They did much to expand both the reputation and vineyard holdings of the Chateau, enlarging their holdings to today’s current 70 hectares.
The great Gabriel Meffre passed away in 1987, and yet his impressive legacy lives on today. He was succeeded by his daughter Sylvette Bréchet, who has steered the property to further greatness ever since. She has been aided since the 1990s by her son Laurent, who today is responsible for the day-to-day management of the estate. Together, they have implemented several important changes at the Chateau, including modernizing the existing winery to vinify the fruit separately from each of their 32 vineyard plots, allowing each terroir’s unique properties to be fully expressed. They have also expanded their cellars and, most importantly of all, have shown an unwavering dedication to only producing the highest quality wines.
But what is most remarkable about this wonderful property is that even in lesser vintages, the wines show impressively well – in good years, they are outstanding! And while all of Cambie’s wines are reliably excellent, it is the marvelous old-vine cuvée prestige Admiral G shows the amazing intensity and real class. It is produced from very low-yielding, superbly sited, venerable vines. It is simply one of the great wines of the appellation and France.
Châteaude Vaudieu 'Closerie de Vaudieu' Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012
55% Grenache, 36% Syrah, 9% Mourvedre. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, the wine is then aged in tank for 12 months before release to maintain freshness.
Châteaude Vaudieu Cuvee Val de Dieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012
60% Grenache, 25% Syrah,15% Mourvedre. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, the wine is then aged in a mixture of 600 litre oak barrels and vats for 18 months before release.
Châteaude Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2012
75% Grenache Blanc, 25% Marsanne. Syrah. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats with natural yeasts. The wine is partially matured (the Roussanne and part of the Grenache) in 228 litre French oak barrels, the remainder in vats. The wine is then subject to 8 months maturation on fine lees, before bottling.
Châteaude Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2012
74% Grenache, 26% Syrah – some others in tiny quantities. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats. The wine is partially matured for 14 months in 228 litre French oak barrels, the remainder in vats
Châteaude Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos du Belvedere 2010
100% Grenache Blanc. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats and a small percentage of French oak. The wine is then rested on its lees, with regular lees stirring to promote texture and weight.
Châteaude Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Admiral G 2012
60% Grenache, 25% Syrah,15% Mourvedre. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, the wine is then aged in 600 litre oak barrels for 18 months before release. The prestige wine of the property, Admiral G will benefit from extended cellaring after release.
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- AOC Chateauneauf-du-pape
- Area under vine
- 70 Hectares
- Age of vines
- 30 years+
- Oak barrel origin
- Philippe Cambie
- Brechet Family
- Approximately 180,000 bottles
- Grape varietals
- Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache (red and white), Mourvedre, Cinsault, Picpoul and others