Gabriel Meffre Wines
Since the very beginning, Gabriel Meffre drew inspiration from the distinctive terroirs of the Rhône Valley to influence his wine styles.
Today as a tribute to him, we created a range of 9 different Appellations from both the Northern and Southern Rhône regions called “Signature” from Gabriel Meffre. A range where each wine unveils the diversity of its terroirs, the passion of our winemakers, and embodies Gabriel Meffre’s vision to produce elegant and authentic wines.
All of the Gabriel Meffre’s Signature wines are named after the Patron Saints of the village or historical leaders that have positively influenced these townships.
Born in the neighboring village of Séguret, Gabriel Meffre grew up near the Plan de Dieu area. He was convinced that due to its proximity and similarity to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, the rocky Plan de Dieu plains would produce fabulous wines, as well. He set about buying up this land and painstakingly clearing the area to plant his vines.
Success was not long in coming; from this alluvial soil, a vineyard flourished producing elegant, powerful, generous wines that are rich in color and flavor.
Vintage after vintage, the exceptional quality of this terroir was confirmed. The official recognition came in 2005 and Plan de Dieu was upgraded to AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages classification.
The story of the Gabriel Meffre Winery began in 1936, when Gabriel and his wife, both passionate about wine, created their ‘Négociant-Vinificateur’ business in Gigondas.
More than 80 years later, the family business has built on its strong foundations and has established its reputation as a leading Winery in the southern Rhone Valley. With a complementary know-how of ‘Négociant-Eleveur’ and Producer, the Winery is deeply involved in sustainable development and Social Responsibility (CSR).
Being a “Négociant-Eleveur” means being able to…
Listen: our presence on the markets, in contact with our importers, distributors and consumers, gives us a clear view of expectations and changes in demand.
Select: a team of enthusiastic men and women (10 oenologists) work every day to maintain lasting partnerships with wine-growers who share our values. Together they look for the best plots and the best vintages and our team supports them throughout the year in their wine-growing and production.
Formulate: Particular care is given to maturing and blending. A dedicated oenologist works in partnership with the best coopers to blend our premium vintages.
Being a producer involves…
A dedicated team, present all year long: 1 Estate manager / 2 vineyard managers / 1 vineyard worker.
A regular team of seasonal workers for the grape harvests and vinification.
Partnerships with experts in their field, such as Lilian Bérillon, nurseryman, for vine selection and Georges Truc, oeno-geologist, for the in-depth study of our soils by making soil pits.
The exacting standards and the passion we put into formulating and enhancing our wines are then carried over to the bottling, storing and shipping steps, thanks to sophisticated equipment and facilities.
Gabriel Meffre 2016 “Sainte Catherine” Gigondas
93 points, Wine Spectator (May 2019)
“Juicy cherry paste and plum preserve flavors stretch out, with roasted apple wood, tar and licorice snap notes filling in throughout. Shows a slight gutsy edge, but feels fresh and pure overall.” – Mark Squires
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