Chateau Raspail /
Christian and François Meffre
Le Colombier 84190 Gigondas
Tel. 490 65 88 93
Direct sale: The Gigondas wine can be bought at Caveau du Gigondas.
Meffre was born in a wine grower family, but no one could foresee that he -
when he founded a negociantfirm in 1936 - would become the owner of the
biggest amount of hectares of AOC-vines in France - more than 900 ha -
before his decease in 1987.
After the death of Gabriel
Meffre his empire was divided between his three children.
Jacques Meffre inherited around 300 ha. of vineyards, mostly at Plan de
Dieu or Cotes du Rhone. The headquarter of his domains is Domaine Bois des
today managed by his son Hugues Meffre.
daughter Sylvette - married Brechet - became the owner of Chateau
de Vaudieu in Chateauneuf du Pape and Domaine
des Bosquets in Gigondas.
Even if you still see Sylvette as gérant it's the sons Laurent
and Julien who make the practical desicions.
son Christian Meffre inherited Chateau Raspail
together with other properties:
Chateau de Ruth (St. Cécile-les-Vignes - sold in 2009), Chateau Saint Jean (Travaillan)
and Domaine de Valori (Courthezon). Since
2014 Christian Meffre's
François Meffre has been the gérant.
Covers 40 ha. of Gigondas.
60% Grenache, 30%
Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.
Covers 140 ha.
Chateauneuf du Pape
90% Grenache and 10% Syrah.
Cotes du Rhone Village Plan de Dieu
80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Carignan.
Cotes du Rhone
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Carignan.
Chateau Raspail has a remarkable history
as it was built for money earned by buying and then selling a romain statue
(replica of Diadumenos Polyclitus) discovered
by excavations in Vaison-la-Romaine and then bought by Eugene Raspail (1812-1888)
for a reasonable price and shortly after sold to British Museum for 25.000 Francs.
These money enabled Eugene Raspail
to build Chateau Raspail situated by vineyards he had inherited from his
In the years when the chateau was
built the phylloxera attacked the vines in Europe in the1860-ties. After
that some years passed by before vines again were planted by another owner
of Chateau Raspail
Chateau Raspail reminds of an Italien villa and this is because Eugene
Raspail in his younger days were exiled in Italy because of revolutionary
In 1979 the legendary Gabriel Meffre
bought Chateau Raspail and it's vineyards.