2015 Château de Vaudieu "l'Avenue" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $90)

SKU #1320298 96 points Wine Spectator

 Very silky in feel, with beguiling rooibos tea, bergamot and blood orange accents sitting atop the large core of cassis and raspberry pâte de fruit. Everything is in lockstep through the finish, where buried minerality adds the final touch. (JM)  (7/2017)

93-95 points Vinous

 Lurid ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berries on the explosively perfumed nose, complicated by hints of smoky minerals, incense and potpourri. Palate-staining, spice-laced cherry and black raspberry flavors show impressive depth and clarity, and a spine of juicy acidity provides lift and focus. Finishes extremely long and sweet, delivering solid thrust, a hint of candied flowers and suave, harmonious tannins. (JR)  (3/2017)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape L'Avenue comes from another single parcel close to the estate and is 100% Grenache raised all in demi-muids. It has a juicy, fresh, lively style to go with notes of strawberries, mint, sappy green herbs and flowers. It has fine, polished tannin, full-bodied richness and the same weightless, elegant style present in all these wines. This is another great lineup from Chateau de Vaudieu, who have risen to the top of the heap recently. They make a perfumed, elegant style of wine, and have started releasing numerous single parcel wine from vines all located around the estate.  (10/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another micro-production wine (less than 300 cases), the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape l'Avenue is entirely Grenache from the lieu-dit Vaudieu, aged in demi-muids. Loaded with attractive notes of flowering garrigue and ripe cherries, it's full-bodied and creamy in texture on the palate, then glides to a long, spicy-peppery finish. (JC)  (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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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