LAURUS is the parcel selection of Gabriel Meffre winery

Laurus means “Laurel” in Latin, a Roman symbol of excellence.

Excellence is all about “terroir”: grapes are grown on plots we select for their ability to express the very best of each appellation.

The term “terroir” encompasses a soil, a climate and people: for more than 20 years, we
have developed sustainable partnerships with winegrowers who share our vision. Their skills combined to our savoirjaire allow us to produce complex wines with plenty of character and long cellaring potential.

For 80 years, Maison Gabriel Meffre has acquired a great expertise of the terroirs of the Rhone Valley. We apply this expertise, maintained and further developed through our daily work on our own estates, to select parcels in partnership with winegrowers with very specific characteristics in the main Crus & appellations of the Rhone Valley. Exceptional by the composition of their soil, their altitude, their orientation and the age of the vines, they are perfectly suited to produce great wines.

These parcels are the essence of what Laurus wines are about.


Laurus is a prestigious range highlighting the know-how of Gabriel Meffre in parcel selection and wine aging. Laurus means ‘laurel’ in Latin, a symbol of excellence for the Romans. Here, excellence is all about ‘terroir’: the grapes are grown on plots selected for their ability to express the very best of each appellation. Laurus was created to represent the greatest attributes of the Côtes du Rhône and Rhône Valley crus.


In order to obtain premium quality wines respecting the typicity of every appellation, careful attention is paid to the production and aging of the wine before, during and after the vinification period: parcel selection, sorting of the grapes, respect of the terroir and the grapes, ageing in French oak barrels of a unique capacity of 275 litres.

All these elements give elegant, refined and rich Crus intended to “gastronomes” who love classy wines with a strong aging potential.

The Experience


Gabriel Meffre 2015 “Laurus” Cote Rotie

94 points, Wine Spectator (May 2019)
“This shows the power and intensity of the vintage, with a dark, brooding core of mulled fig, black currant and bitter plum fruit held in check for now by singed alder, dark olive and bay leaf notes. The long spine of warm cast iron smolders through the finish.” – -JM

Gabriel Meffre 2016 “Laurus” Gigondas

93 points, Wine Spectator (May 2019)
“Youthfully tight, with chalky threads wrapped around a core of dark currant and plum paste flavors. Licorice root and tobacco notes score the solidly grippy finish.” – -JM

Gabriel Meffre 2015 “Laurus” Hermitage

94 points, Wine Spectator (May 2019)
“Solidly built, with a core of fig, blackberry and boysenberry preserve flavors melded together, liberally laced with a roasted apple wood note that provides excellent energy. The fruit lingers on the finish, with bright anise and sweet tobacco details.” – -JM

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