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Chateau De Vaudieu `Val de Dieu` Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2011 (1x75cl)
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. Over the past seven years, Laurent 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 and 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 soil lending aromatic elegance and that from the galets giving power and intensity. The vines are between 40 and 70 years old on average. The grapes for the Val de Dieu are picked from the vineyards with the very best exposure.
The fruit was handpicked, then destemmed and crushed before fermentation at 25°C in stainless steel tanks. Natural yeasts were used with regular delestages and gentle pumping over during the fermentation process which lasted around 30 days. Malolactic fermentation was over by mid December. The wine was matured for 16 months with all the Syrah aged in new Burgundian oak barriques. The Grenache and Mourvèdre were aged in concrete vats and second-use 600 litre 'demi-muid' barrels, before final assemblage and bottling.
Deep ruby in the glass, with thrilling aromatics of creamy raspberry, exotic flowers and graphite along with a smoky minerality and hints of chocolate. Full-bodied, this rich, concentrated red from the Southern Rhône has a light elegant texture and superb balance.
Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah