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

SKU #1478808 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Moving to the 2017s and starting with the base Châteauneuf Du Pape, it's a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah that was brought up mostly in demi-muids. Revealing a ruby/purple hue as well as notes of black raspberries, kirsch, garrigue, incense, and loamy soil and earth, this beauty hits the palate with beautiful depth of fruit, a layered, rounded, sexy texture, no hard edges, remarkable purity, and just tons of charm. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Powerful and buxom yet elegantly nuanced, this 80-20 blend of Grenache and Syrah is sourced entirely from Châteauneuf-du-Pape's safre, or sandy soils. Notes of red cherry and plum gain ripeness from nose to palate, accented by shades of earth, dried garrigue and black pepper. Approachable now but should improve through 2027 and hold further still. (AI) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Ripe and forward, with raspberry and blackberry puree flavors gliding through atop a silky structure, while anise, fruitcake and black tea notes swirl around. Moderate grip keeps this balanced. (JM) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

91-92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Highly perfumed red berry and floral aromas are complemented by suggestions of cracked pepper and smoky minerals. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering ripe raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors braced by a core of juicy acidity. In a seamless, energetic style, displaying a smooth blend of richness and finesse and finishing gently sweet and impressively long, with even tannins and building spiciness. (JR) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Succulent red bramble fruit with attractive herby notes and a sprinkling of sweet spice. Long, aromatically driven finish with a peppery note. Lots of open, generous flavour here. 16.5/20 points (RH) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

K&L Notes

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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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2021 | Send Email
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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