Château de Vaudieu Les Clairettes De Gabriel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2019
Château de Vaudieu is the flagship vineyard of Famille Bréchet and is located in the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The area, originally known as Val de Dieu (Valley of God), has been celebrated for its wines for over 250 years. Seven distinct geological components are scattered throughout the soil including limestone, marl, flint and sand. This white wine is a blend of grenache, roussanne, clairette, bourboulenc, picpoul and picardan. We’ll leave it to the Jeb Dunnuck review below to expand upon the elegance and power of this incredible wine.
“I loved the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Clairette de Gabriel and this beauty is up there with the finest whites in the vintage. Planted in limestone soils, this vivid gold-hued beauty offers a beautiful, medium to full-bodied, concentrated, balanced style as well as classic notes of white flowers, dried pineapple, honeycomb, and subtle waxy nuances. It’s rich yet stays weightless and elegant, with a terrific sense of freshness (although I suspect the acidity is quite low) and purity. It’s going to evolve for 10-15 years or more, although there’s no need to delay gratification.”
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- Blend Info
- 80% grenache blanc, 15% roussanne, 5% each of clairette, bourboulenc and picardan
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My sister Nicci calls these "puddingstone wines", because the vines are literally grown on soils lightly covering giant boulders roughly translated as "pudding stones". Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a rich history, and the reds (usually grenache-predominant) can be a blend of up to 13 grape varieties, including some cheeky whites to round out the mix. The resultant wines are complex, brooding but usually not giant, and delicious. Especially if you call them puddingstone wines.