Chateau de Vaudieu Closerie de Vaudieu Chateauneuf du Pape 2020
Region: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 64% Grenache 21% Syrah 10% Mourvèdre 5% Cinsault
This wine is dark ruby in colour. It has lively cherry notes on the nose, a touch of liquorice and hints of black pepper. On the palate, it is full-bodied and the ripe tannins gently support the cherry, cassis and herb character on the finish.
Situated north-east of the town, the vineyards surround those of Château Rayas. Spread over 70 hectares 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. As well as the main varietals, the `Closerie de Vaudieu` also contains five grapes indigenous to the Rhône Valley, including Counoise, Vaccarèse, Muscardin, Terret noir and Picpoul noir. The vines are over 65 years in age and the fruit gains incredible levels of concentration as a result.
The 18th century Château de Vaudieu has been in the Bréchet family for over 50 years and today is run by Laurent Bréchet, the grandson of the original owner. The name ‘Vaudieu’ originates from ‘Vallée de Dieu’, or ‘Valley of God’ – in reference to the beauty of the area around Châteauneuf-du-Pape.