Chateau Raspail  / Chateau Saint-Jean

Caroline and François Meffre - Sister and brother
Le Colombier 84190 Gigondas
+33 490 658 893
Direct sale: At Chateau Raspail


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:

Jack Meffre
Domaine Bois des Dames

Sylvette Brechet Chateau de Vaudieu
Domaine des Bosquets

Chistian Meffre inherited Chateau Raspail together with other properties:
Chateau de Ruth (St. Cécile-les-Vignes - sold in 2009), Chateau Saint Jean (Travaillan)

Chateau Raspail
Covers 40 ha of Gigondas.

2016: 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.

Chateau Saint Jean
Covers 140 ha of Cotes du Rhone / Cotes du Rhone Plan de Dieu. The domain is not open to the public.

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. (A copy is at the tasting room at Raspail)
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. 

Caroline and
François Meffre at Gigondas sur Table July 2013

Cristian and Caroline Meffre
at Gigondas sur Table July 2019

Left: Marie Claude Meffre July 2019

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Updated 22-03-2021