Pierre Amadieu
Vacqueyras La Grangelière, 2018

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

Vineyard & Vinification Note

The terroir of Vacqueyras is located on the southern slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains.

The Grenache and Syrah grapes are grown on terraces where the soil is a mixture of gravel and alluvium deposits, giving this wine a fruitier character than its “big brother” in Gigondas.

This Vacqueyras is a harmonious blend of wines produced from different terraces; one is predominantly fruity, the other is more full-bodied and spicy. Each wine is aged in our Gigondas cellars as befits its character : the full-bodied wine for 6 months in barrels, while the fruitier wine is kept in big oak casks to soften the tannins. The fruit flavours are thus subtly tempered by the oak.

Tasting Note

On the nose aromas of woodland and small red fruits seasoned with a hint of vanilla develop fullness and roundness on the palate with spicy and peppery notes. Subtle, fruity and full-bodied combination.

Jeb Dunnuck.com

The 2018 Vacqueyras La Grangeliere is a total charmer, offering plenty of ripe strawberry and blackberry fruits intermixed with notes of spring flowers and spice. This gives way to a plump, Provençal, medium-bodied effort that displays the vintage’s forward, charming, delicious style. It’s ideal for enjoying over the coming 4-5 years, if not a little longer. 89 Points, October 2020

Jancis Robinson

80% Grenache, 20% Syrah. Aged in old oak. Tank sample. Tasted blind. Well-defined red fruit with soft tannins and a slight iodine note on the finish. Reasonably light body gives this good drinkability. 16 Points

Food Pairing

This pleasant wine will compliment a roast leg of lamb with sage or mature cheeses. Drink at room temperature while young or within the next 5 years