Famille Brechet Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu, Rhone, France, 2013
Overview of the Wine
Famille Bréchet is a family-owned producer based in the southern Rhône, particularly known for its Grenache-based reds from Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas. The company is centred around properties previously owned by Gabriel Meffre, which on his death in 1987 were inherited by his daughter Sylvette Bréchet – the Gabriel Meffre company itself was bought by Allied Domecq in 1990. Château Vaudieu, located in the centre of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, is the flagship property. In the 19th century it was one of the greatest estates of the region, but suffered greatly in the phylloxera disaster. It was rescued by Gabriel Meffre and redeveloped to reach an unparalleled 70 hectares (173 acres) of vineyards in one site. Bréchet makes three red and two white Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines at Château Vaudieu.
The Val de Dieu is made from a very precise plot orientation the grapes can then mature more slowly and deeply. The grapes are 100% handpicked.
Grape / Blend
60% Grenache Noir 30% Syrah 10% Mourvèdre
Chåteauneuf du Pape, France
With a dark purple color, the nose is complex with some flavor of cherries and also smoked notes of cacao and cedar. The powerful mouth is balanced between roundness and liveliness.