The Amadieu family settled in Gigondas in 1929. Pierre Amadieu, grandfather of the current winemaker, whose name is also Pierre, started the business with a small estate in Gigondas. In 1954, he had the opportunity to buy 280 acres that was not planted with vines. He gradually turned it into a vineyard, starting at the top of the hill at a place called "Grand Romane". Later he also planted vines halfway down the hill at the lieu-dit named "La Machotte". With these two domains, Pierre Amadieu is now known as a leading AOC Gigondas producer both in quality and quantity.
In the heart of the Gigondas area, the 40 hectares of the Grand Romane estate has been blessed by the gods and shaped by man for over 2000 years.
The vineyards face north-west in a wonderful Provencal climate. The vines flourish at a height of around 400 metres on the slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail hills where the typical Rhone Valley Syrah and Grenache grapes are healthier and riped later. Blue gravely marl.
Vines : 60 years - 8ha - Yield : 22 Hl/Ha
Late harvesting; selection of the ripest bunches in the vineyard and on arrival at the winery; intensive vinification (vatting for one month and delestage) to extract all the delicacy and strength. The elegance conferred by maturing 24 month in barrels and 1 year in a bottle blends with the discreet woodiness from the tuns and brings out the complex aromas of the noble Rhone varieties.
Deep and dark in colour with an intense complex nose of jammy fruit (plum, fig) prefiguring a silky mouth where delicate aromas of red fruit intermingled with the potency of jammy black fruit, bay and leather blossom into a superb finish of pepper and spice.
A perfect match for flavourful dishes in a sauce or duck pâté.
Forget about it for a decade and drink at room temperature (about 17°C).
85% Grenache 15 % Syrah.
Current and upcoming vintage ratings :
201892 Wine Spectator
201792 Wine Advocate
201794 Wine Spectator
201791 Wine Enthusiast
201695 Jeb Dunnuck
201694 Wine Spectator
201693 Wine Advocate
Very solid, with plum paste, fig pâte de fruit and black currant preserve flavors pumping through, laced with juniper and garrigue notes and supported by a chalky underpinning on the finish.
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