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 in age and the fruit gains incredible levels of concentration as a result.
In 2014, after a mild and wet winter, which created good water reserves, spring was particularly hot and dry, allowing for optimal flowering and fruit set. The cooler summer was marked by a few storms, but the health of the grapes remained excellent. The harvest began in early September and finished in early October. A rigorous selection was made in the vineyard to keep only the best grapes in the vat.
The fruit was hand-picked, sorted, destemmed and crushed before fermentation at 25°C in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Natural yeasts were used with regular delestages and gentle pumping over the cap during the fermentation process. The vatting period lasted around 24 days. Ageing took place in stainless steel tanks to retain the maximum freshness of fruit and lasted 12 months before release.
Deep ruby red in colour, 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.