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2016 Chateau de Vaudieu "Val de Dieu" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Elsewhere $70) SKU #1392075

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WE 96 VN 94-96 JD 95
WS 95 RP 94
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K&L Notes

One of the stars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is Château de Vaudieu. A revitaliziation of this property came about under Laurent Brechet who has made great strides advancing this noble property. Laurent and his brother Julien (who runs Domaine des Bosquets) are the grandsons of southern Rhone icon Gabriel Meffre. Though from an historic lineage of wine makers, both have taken a modernist approach to winemaking. But for them both, it is all begins with the terroir. And Vaudieu has some of the best. Bordering Chateau Rayas to the north, the subsoils are primarily sandy with limestone and marls and two plateaux of red clays. Several bottlings are done to best express each individual terroir and the Val de Dieu is their ultimate expression of sandy soils. Val de Dieu refers to the "Valley of God" and comes from the parcel just to the east of the castle. It is Grenache based with Syrah and Mourvedre making up the remainder from vines aged between 40 to 70 years of age. Grenache is aged in a mix of mostly used barrique and demi-muid (large oak barrels), while the Syrah and Mourvedre are aged in 228L barrels. A beautiful expression now but worthy of years in the cellar.

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Staff Reviews

  • Lauren Seward
    By: Lauren Seward
    K&L Staff Member
    The Val de Dieu ("Valley of God") is an extremely elegant, richly-styled CDP from one of the greatest southern Rhone vintages of all time. It is dark cherry red in color with a scarlett rim, and impossibly thick in color. Aromas of cigar smoke, graphite, garrigue, and vanilla bean are luscious and generous, and prepare the palate for notes of red and dark berries, baking spices, additional garrigue, and sweetened fruit. A quick burst of acidity greets you early on the palate, then the wine mellows and finishes quickly. While this is lovely to drink right now, it could only do better with a few more years of age.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Laurent Brechet is so terroir driven, he is one of the rare producers in Chateauneuf to bottle individual parcels based on terroir. The Val de Dieu, which derives its name from the winery (Vaudieu), is all on sandy soils on the eastern side of the property. Though we think of the rolled pebbles as the icon of Chateaneuf's terroir, it is this decomposed sandstone that is actually some of the most desirable. Rayas is famously planted on sandy soils. The Val de Dieu is no shy creature though as this is an explosive out-of-the-glass wine. Darker berried fruit with sweet baking spices and lavender notes, this is a gorgeous wine. Easily capable of a decade plus of further cellaring, it is so attractive now, it will cut through the fat of ribeye like nobody's business. Try one now and put a few away to discover down the road.


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