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.
Old vines of Grenache and Syrah are deeply rooted on the
chalk and clay slopes .South Rhone Valley, on the terraces of the Dentelles de Montmirail, near the village of Gigondas. Jurassic calcareous clay. Vines : 45 years old - 130 acres - Yield :2 T. per acre - Very low yield.
Early in October, the hand picking starts when the berries just start to be perfectly ripened. The cuvaison is long (about 30 days) in order
to extract only the best from each variety. Ageing : 12 months ageing, partly made in two year-old barrels and
partly in oak casks, brings a subtle natural oxygenation along
with a round and tasty structure.
Plum marmalade, vanilla and blackcurrant are highlighting the finesse and softness of the tannins. On the finish, scents of Thyme, Laurel and Rosemary reveal an original and aromatic bouquet ending on a spicy persistency (black pepper).
Appreciated with a beef stew with a Rosemary blade or, more surprisingly, with a vanilla ice cream and its strawberry purée.
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