Chateau Raspail  / Chateau Saint-Jean

Christian and François Meffre
Le Colombier 84190 Gigondas
490 65 88 93
Direct sale: The Gigondas wine can be bought at Caveau du Gigondas.

Gabriel 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.

The oldest son 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 Dames in Violès, today managed by his son Hugues Meffre.

The 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

His 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 son François Meffre has been the gérant.

Chateau Raspail
Covers 40 ha. of Gigondas.

60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.

Chateau Saint Jean

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 father. 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 activities.

In 1979 the legendary Gabriel Meffre bought Chateau Raspail and it's vineyards. 

 Christian Meffre at Auspice du Gigondas 2014

Caroline and François Meffre at Gigondas sur Table July 2013

No signs by the road to Chateau Saint Jean in Travaillan

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Updated 27-04-2016