Pierre Amadieu
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane, 2016

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.

Grape

Grenache

Syrah

Mourvèdre

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.

Tasting Note

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.

Wine Spectator

Fresh and pure, with a pretty beam of raspberry and plum coulis flavors laced with black tea, cinnamon and mineral notes. The silky finish has a lot of charm Drink now through 2021. 6,600 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. 91 Points, James Molesworth, November 2018

Wine Advocate

A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah from vineyards at about 400 meters above seal level, Amadieu’s 2016 Gigondas Domaine Grande Romane spent 18 months in barrels and foudres. It’s full-bodied, creamy and lush, with plenty of ripe, supple fruit and hints of chocolate, leather and spice, finishing rich, easy and long. 92 Points, Joe Czerwinski, August 2018

Food Pairing

The perfect accompaniment for game, such as wild boar.