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.
FAT BASTARD, an international succes.. After a decade of world travel, Thierry Boudinaud returned to France in 1998 as head winemaker at Gabriel Meffre. He was working with his friend Guy Anderson, attempting to craft a unique wines from Southern France. After tasting hundreds of barrel samples, one fine day, upon tasting a wine from a Chardonnay barrel that was left on lees, Thierry knew that they had finally found something special and he proclaimed that it was a real “fat bastard" ...and a legend was born.
Proud of our french roots, we often imagine this cute hippo decorating the royal gardens of Marie-Antoinette and even becoming the French national emblem ! We selected the grapes for our FAT BASTARD Pinot Noir in the heart of the rich terroir of Languedoc (South of France). Between the Mediterranean Sea in the South and the foothills of the Massif Central in the North, the vines thrive in an ideal environment offering soils and climates particularly diversified.