The Meffre family have been vignerons at Gigondas since the 17th Century, and in 1987 they seized the opportunity to acquire three-quarters of a hectare of old (mostly Grenache Noir) vines in the north–east sector of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, sandwiched between Beaucastel and Domaine de la Janasse at Courthèzon. Over thirty years later, these vines had to be ‘grubbed up’ and the land was re-planted to white varieties, making them the only estate in the appellation solely producing white Châteauneuf’.
The wine is vinified in traditional large barrels and then aged for 24 months in oak barrels. The wine has a large complex bouquet. The taste is strong, dense and bold and offers several layers of ripe berry fruit, licorice, plum and blackcurrant. It should be well oxygenated and enjoyed with a good piece of beef or lamb – preferably grilled.
Clairette, Picpoul, Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc