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2017 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $45) SKU #1478808

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One of the stars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is Château de Vaudieu. Laurent Brechet has lovingly resurrected this noble domaine and established it as one of the most forward and terroir driven properties in the region. The property sits at a junction of the main soil types found in Châteauneuf. Decomposed sandstone, red clay-limestone, and galets (rolled stones) are all present as are the main grapes in the region: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Laurent considers this his sum-greater-than-parts blend and we couldn't agree more.

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  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    4/30/2021
    K&L Staff Member
    The Bréchet brothers are behind several of the hottest projects in the southern Rhône, from Domaine des Bosquets in Gigondas and Plateau des Chenes in Lirac. The crown-jewel in the portfolio is Vaudieu. This 18th-century estate has one of the three original castles residing on it from that bygone era. I visited this property in 2018 and met with Laurent Brechet. We toured the property and his amazing cellar, which has gorgeous conical concrete tanks for fermentation. The air of modernity surrounds this historical estate. We tasted through the range of the 2016s and 2017s at the time, and I was struck by how forward yet balanced his wines were. Laurent believes in the power of his individual terroirs and is one of the rare few in the region who does single-parcel bottlings. Almost Burgundian, the 2017 is a tremendous wine. It is composed of the three major grapes (Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre), and each is grown on a site that best suits its needs. It is fragrant with tobacco, black fruit, peppery spice, and potpourri. The importer and Vaudieu recently parted company, and we were able to secure their remaining inventory and offer it for a throwback price. At full price, this would still be an excellent Châteauneuf. But for THIS price, you have an incredible opportunity to drink or put some bottles aside from one of the great modern producers working in the region.

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