2015 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $40)

SKU #1320296 94 points Wine Spectator

 Richly layered, with hedonistic fig, boysenberry and raspberry confiture flavors that roll over each other while mouthwatering anise, fruitcake and black tea notes chase from behind. Shows loads of heft but remains driven by fresh, deeply inlaid acidity that pulls everything together on the finish. A flashy style and impossible to resist. Best from 2020 through 2040. (JM)  (10/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Vaudieu is on a roll. Even the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a star, boasting forward aromas of garrigue and ripe raspberries. Full-bodied, richly textured and tannic, this wine will likely close down shortly. But the long, fruit and spice-driven finish gives me confidence it will then reemerge in five-plus years. (JC)  (10/2017)

91-93 points Vinous

 Limpid ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red and dark berries, peppery spices and candied flowers, and a smoky mineral nuance adds vivacity. Sappy, sweet and open-knit, offering juicy raspberry and floral pastille flavors joined by hints of licorice and bitter chocolate that build slowly on the back half. Smooth and seamless in texture, showing very good finishing energy, gentle tannins and spicy persistence. This should turn out to be an outstanding 'basic' Châteauneuf. (JR)  (3/2017)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Vaudieu (81% Grenache and 19% Syrah) is a charming, silky textured 2015 that shines for its balance and purity. Framboise, strawberries, spice-box and dried flowers all flow to an elegant 2015 that has ripe, polished tannin, full-bodied richness, no hard edges and a great finish. With impeccably balanced and perfect ripeness, it's going to drink nicely for 15+ years.  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

One of the new stars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is Château de Vaudieu. This is a bit of a misnomer, because they’ve been around for some time, but until recently the property was neglected and in disrepair. Brothers Laurent and Julien Meffre have resurrected this noble property, and much like at Domaine de la Janasse, the main grape here is Grenache—both Noir and Blanc. This is quickly becoming a winery with a cult-like following.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2017 | Send Email
Generous and ripe fruit but maintains balance. This is not too showy and has great structure. Should age gracefully into something even more special.

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Chateauneuf du Pape