Pierre Amadieu is a family-owned domaine established in 1929 in the village of Gigondas. Wines are made, matured and bottled on the estate, which now covers 140 hectares. Pierre is in charge of winemaking and maturation, while his uncle Claude runs the vineyard. The vines are mostly planted on hillsides between 230m and 500m up, facing north-northwest and surrounded by 200 hectares of garrigue and holm oaks. The exposure gives good aeration and avoids excessive sun in full summer, with extended ripening lending the wines freshness, depth and complexity.
Vineyard & Vinification Note
Domaine Grand Romane is a unique vineyard located on the highest part of our family estate (400 meters): The pebbly limestone terroir is poor, thus forcing the vines to put down deep roots and, out of their struggle, outstanding wines with complex aromas, a deep colour and concentrated fruit are born. The quantity is low but the quality is perfect.
Selection of old vines of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre
Sorting the best bunches is possible only by hand picking. Harvests begin around mid October, after a final tasting of the grapes, usually considerably later than the rest of the vineyard. A traditional fermentation is used for Grenache and Syrah, while whole-bunch fermentation enhances the roundness and power of the mighty Mourvèdre grape variety. Once blended, the wine is aged for 18 months in high quality wooden barrels from the Allier region and in large 100 hl oak casks to soften the structure and the tannins. The bottling is unfiltered.
On the nose there are aromas of black fruit (blackcurrant and black cherry) and red fruits (raspberry and redcurrant) stewed with a hint of vanilla which meet savoury notes of thyme, laurel and black olives on the palate. Powerful tannins fill the mouth with notes of spicy liquorice and pepper for a long and satisfying finish. An astonishing balance of complexity, power and elegance.
Moving to the 2015s, the 2015 Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane is flat-out terrific, with lots of black raspberries, cherries, garrique, and saddle leather aromas and flavors. This rounded, opulent and supple beauty makes the most of the vintage and has a beautiful fruit, sweet tannin, and integrated acidity. Bravo. 92 Points, October 2017
Dark plum and raspberry paste flavors are at the core of this solidly built red, backed by singed alder, liquorice root and tar hints through the finish. Shows some heft, but there’s good energy to match. Best from 2018 through – 91 Points – James Molesworth, October 2017
Another beautiful wine from this large estate is the 2015 Gigondas Domaine Grande Romane, which is 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and the rest Syrah. Coming from higher elevation parcels and brought up in a mix of used and new barrels, it offers tons of peppery herbs, lavender, blackcurrants and spice aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, round, textured and balanced, it’s a rock solid Gigondas to drink over the coming 7-9 years. 89-92 Points – Jeb Dunnuck, December 2016
The perfect accompaniment for game, such as wild boar.