The name Vaudieu originated from 'Vallée de Dieu' (Valley of God), a reference to the beauty of the area. The Château is a splendid 18th century property, once owned by the négociant Gabriel Meffre, and now run by his grandson, Laurent Bréchet who has transformed the estate through substantial investment and an obsession with quality. This is now starting to bear fruit and will yield even higher dividends in the years to come. As at Vaudieu in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Laurent Bréchet has extended his commitment to quality to Domaine des Bosquets, his 25 hectares of vineyards in the Gigondas appellation, at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. Laurent has identified three different areas, which add to the potential for different ripeness levels and fruit characters.
Situated northeast of the town, the vineyards surround those of Château Rayas. Spread over 70 hectares (60 of red, 10 of white), the soils vary greatly, from sand to quartz (galets) and clay/limestone outcrops. This diversity of soil and exposure adds complexity to the blend, with the fruit from the sandier soils lending aromatic elegance and that from the galets giving power and intensity. The vines are over 60 years old in age and fruit gains incredible levels of concentration as a result.
2011 saw vintage conditions that produced elegant, ready to drink wines with exemplary ageing potential. Considered in the Rhône as a 'sommelier's vintage' because it is ready to drink earlier than usual, it will of course only develop with time. Favourable weather during the spring produced good conditions for flowering. While the summer months saw a few showers, sunny conditions during the fall season provided time for the grapes to pick up at the right polyphenolic maturity.
The fruit was hand-picked, destemmed and crushed before fermentation at 28-30°C in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Natural yeasts were used with regular delestages and gentle pumping over the cap during the fermentation process. Aging took place in stainless steel tanks to retain the maximum freshness of fruit and lasted 12 months before release.
Deep ruby red in color, with a black cherry core. This wine has lively berry fruits on the nose, with a touch of liquorice and a hint of black pepper. Full of fruit, juicy and round with ripe tannins that gently support the cherry, cassis and herb character on the finish.