Located about a five minute drive outside the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape along the road that leads to Courthezon, you will find Château de Vaudieu. It is one of three 18th century Chateaux located in the appellation, tucked into a small valley surrounded by hills and plateau. It is at the intersection of several major terroirs: sandy soils to the north, pale limestone and clays centered around a forested hillock, and two large plateaux of somewhat overexposed galets. The estate had a great reputation during the 19th century from exporting wines all over Europe, but by the time Gabriel purchased it in 1955 it had fallen into disrepair. At that time, there were only about 25 hectares of vines, and it was under his leadership that the estate reached 70 hectares – something very rare in the appellation.
Laurent Brechet and his brother, Julien, are the grandsons of Gabriel Meffre. Through their mother, Sylvette, they inherited several properties when Gabriel died in 1987, including Château de la Coulerette in Provence. Since taking over the property, Laurent has continued to expand plantings, especially on the underutilized limestone terroir. He has enlisted the assistance of Philippe Cambie in the winemaking, and while the wines are modern in style, they showcase their terroirs beautifully.