Château de Vaudieu Closerie de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
We have been looking for a sensibly priced, but excellent Chateauneuf du Pape for ages. I reckon we have found it with Closerie de Vaudieu.
This is a well-established winery founded in the 18th century and has been run by the Brechet family for 50 years. This is an important estate with 70 hectares of vineyards in the appellation, situated just to the south of Chateau Rayas, most of which are over 65 years old.
The wine has everything that we have been looking for in Chateauneuf: the combination of body and depth, but also a drinkability. What we love is the pure Chateauneuf typicity showing black olives, Mediterranean herbs, forest fruits, and a liqueur-like intensity.