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2020 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Les Vieilles Roussanne

2020 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Les Vieilles Roussanne

96 JD


Wine Details for 2020 Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Les Vieilles Roussanne

Type of Wine Chateauneuf du Pape : You can expect Chateauneuf-du-Pape reds selection to wash over you with a combination of leather, game, tar, and delicious dried herbs, creating a spice mixture that commands respect from even the harshest non-believers. Chateauneuf-du-Pape whites are ever so refreshing and bold, frolicking in a field of floral notes and earthy minerals.
Varietal Proprietary Blend : Proprietary Blend is a general term used to indicate that a wine is comprised of multiple grape varietals which are either “proprietary” to the winery or is blended and does not meet the required maximum or minimum percentage of a particular varietal. This also is the case for the grape’s place of origin, especially for region, appellation or vineyard designated wines. There are endless examples of blended wines which are labeled as “Proprietary Blend” and in conjunction with each region’s stipulated wine laws and regulations makes for a vast blanket for wines to fall into. Perhaps the simplest example is California; if a wine is to be labeled as Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, it is required to have at least 75% of the varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon) and 85% of the fruit must be cultivated from the Napa Valley wine district. If the wine does not meet the requirements, it is then labeled as Proprietary Blend.

Country France : Wine is the lifeblood that courses through the country of France, pulsing with vigorous pride and determination. Viticulture is not just a hobby or an occupation in France; it is a passion, a cherished tradition that has been passed down through generations of wine stained hands. Winemaking is a beloved art that has been ingrained in the culture, an aptitude instilled in sons by fathers and the hallmark for which France’s reputation was built, allowing it to be renowned as, arguably, the most important wine producing country in the world.

For centuries, France has been producing wines of superior quality and in much greater quantity than any other country in the world. It boasts some of the most impressive wine regions, coveted vineyards and prestigious wines on earth. The regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Sauternes and Champagne have become the benchmark, for which others aspire to become. Legendary producers such as Chateaux Margaux, Domaine De La Romanee Conti, Chapoutier, d’Yquem and Dom Perignon are idolized world-wide.

France has stamped its name on nearly every style of wine, from the nectar-like sweet Sauternes to hedonistic Chateauneuf Du Papes classic Bordeaux and Burgundy, to its sparkling dominance in Champagne. Many of the most infamous grape varietals in the world, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay originated in France and are not only beloved, but utilized in the creation of some of the greatest wines on earth. French wine production commands the attention of the wine market year after year. With over 860,000 hectares under vine, and numbers close to 50 million hectoliters of wine produced annually, France dominates the market and sets the standard for not only product quality, but also quantity.

France’s many contributions to the world of wine have been absolutely indispensable. The country is the originator of the term “Premier Cru,” coined the term Terroir (a French term so complex there is no literal translation) and has laid the blueprint for a structured appellation system, which others have implemented in their own countries. French vineyard techniques and winemaking practices are mimicked world-wide. California vintners have been replicating Rhone style wines for decades, South America has adopted the French varietal of Malbec and countries around the world are imitating Burgundian styled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

With vast diversity in terroir, France is home to some of the most hospitable winegrowing locations on earth. The combination of topography, geology, climate, rainfall and even the amount of sunlight combined with the long historical tradition of winegrowing and making, has allowed the vintners of France to not only hone their skills, but learn from nature to create a product that like the world in which it resides… is very much alive.

Region Rhone : While the Northern Rhone produces only about 5% of all wine coming out of the Rhone Valley, the quality of these bottles is not to be underestimated. The terroir in this region is heavenly for growing Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne - the only permitted grapes in the AOC. Picture this - the Rhone flows through the valley like an azure thread piercing the landscape, a reflection of the dreamy skies hovering above the vineyards, ready to produce rainfall at a moment's notice. The rocky soil of the steep, almost surreal hillsides provides a bountiful feast for the grapevine roots. The flavors and texture of Northern Rhone wines tell you everything you need to know as soon as your lips touch the elixir, like a whisper in the vigorous valley winds

As per the Southern Rhone wine, it is like taking a plunge into a whirlpool of juicy flavor. Every sip explodes forward like a crashing tsunami, bathing your tastebuds in delicious aromas of prune, chocolate, grass, and black fruit. The wines are so compelling that it can be hard to drink them casually at a social event without getting lost in their intricate textures and emotional depths. Let's set sail together, and drink deep from these luxurious bottles with our friends and loved ones.
Subregion Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf Du Pape


Producer Chateau de Vaudieu : Located in the heart of Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, resides Chateau De Vaudieu, the flagship estate of the Brechet Family properties. For over a century, generation after generation has stewarded the lands of their ancestors, nurturing the precious terroir, in a region where winemaking is neither an occupation nor pastime, but a way of life. There is no better example in Southern Rhone than the Brechet Family and their beloved chateau.

Chateau De Vaudieu was built in 1767 by Admiral Gerin, (the inspiration for the cuvee “Admiral G”) in what was considered “Val de Dieu” (Valley of God) making it one of the older estates in the Southern Rhone. Its surrounding 10 hectares of vineyards planted in a perfectly suited area for the cultivation of Chateauneuf-Du-Pape varietals, became the humble beginnings of what we now recognize as Chateau De Vaudieu. Since 1987, the property has been managed by Sylvette Brechet and his two sons, Laurent and Julien. With their involvement, the winery was modernized in order to separately handle the grapes from the 32 vineyard plots that were re-demarcated in order to achieve the best potential from each terroir. The vineyards give birth to Chateau De Vaudieu’s impressive resume of red and white Chateauneuf-Du-Papes.

Today, 70 hectares of vineyards span the Brechet Family property; planted to Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picardan. The varietals are cultivated with the utmost care and respect for both the vines and the perfectly attuned terroir. The estate relies on the appellation's 13 grape varieties, but it’s the Grenache that clearly dominates the blend. The variety really brings out the best of the terroir, procuring a certain sensation of sweetness when reaching maturity. In this particular terroir, its balance is absolutely remarkable.

The vast vineyard extends over a mosaic of terroirs, with more than 7 distinct geological components. Here side by side, one can find, among others, sandy type terrains, terraces of large pebbles, marls, hillsides of limestone soils, extending between 85 to 125 meters in altitude, whose grapes are vinified and matured separately until blending. The extremely fine tannic structure in the estate's red wines comes from the significant proportion of sandy textured soils. As for the estate's whites, it is the minerality of a limestone with flint bedrock that shapes the wines. Acidity is an important feature of whites as they age.

The vineyards are exposed to sun that shines for 2,800 hours per year, a Mistral wind that blows over 100 days and only 23 inches of rain each year. The old red grape vines grow on gentle slopes, with natural water irrigation suitable for very old vine stocks. It is also truly unique as the vineyards are sheltered by the hilly, terraced landscape protecting against both, harsh weather conditions and vineyard hazards. In fact, it was one of the four great Chateauneuf-Du-Pape vineyards that averted disaster and able to continue producing wine during the phylloxera crisis in the mid-1900s.

Chateau De Vaudieu is represented by red and white Chateauneuf-Du-Pape bottlings, Cuvee “Val de Dieu” Cuvee “Admiral G” (100% Grenache) and their magnificent cuvee “Clos du Belvedere (100% Grenache Blanc). The elegance of the Vaudieu terroirs, enhanced and magnified by separate harvesting and vinification has ensured that the reputation of the estate's wines has become well established over the years.

Critic Reviews

The 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Vieilles Roussannes is also terrific, with a deep, rich, concentrated style that carries classic Roussanne apple and stone fruits as well as honeyed toast, spice, and subtle floral nuances. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and fabulously well-balanced, it’s going to drink well for 4-5 years, then probably shut down, only to re-emerge in another decade with a more mineral, honeyed, nutty, complex profile.

Jeb Dunnuck | 96 JD
Barrel-fermented and matured in 50% new oak, the 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Vieilles Roussanne boasts layered, nuanced aromas of toasted grain, ripe pear and mouthwatering pineapple. Full-bodied and lush, it finishes long, with a silky texture and sexy vanilla overtones. Like the other white wines at this estate, I’ve lengthened the drinking window, as they appear to age so well.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 93 RP

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