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. Vegan.
Ripe and juicy in feel, with a wound-up core of raspberry, black currant and cherry pâte de fruit flavors waiting to stretch out, while an undercurrent of alder, tobacco and licorice root notes moves through. Will be a winner when fully knit. Best from 2023 through 2035. 6,500 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. 94 Points, James Molesworth, Feb 2020
A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah aged in a mix of barrels and foudres, the 2017 Gigondas Domaine Grande Romane looks every bit as good as the barrel sample did last year, layering subtle cedar and vanilla shadings over ripe berries and stone fruit. Full-bodied, creamy and lush, the only question will be if it is just too modern and hedonistic for some readers. 94 Points- Joe Czerwinski, August 2019
I loved the 2017 Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane from Amadieu. Based on 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, and 15% Syrah, it boasts a ruby color as well as perfumed notes kirsch liqueur, currants, cedary spice, chocolate and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, sweetly fruited, and all-around polished and sexy, drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years. 93 Points September 2019
Succulent, ripe red fruit with juicy freshness on the palate. Very breezy for the Southern Rhône in 2017, which is great for drinkability. Not complex, but has a savoury and appetising finish. 16.5 Points
Dark red. Pine, oak lurk on a reserved nose, carries a note of ripe, shiny blackberry, its depth assured. The palate also reflects pine oak along its sides, has a generous middle with appealing black berry content at its heart. The tannins add a little edge to the finish. This can get together well, will be a 2017 of stature. It moves with likeable energy, the fruit sparkling. 14.5°. 80% Gren, 20% Syr. From 2022. 2041-43. ***(*), John Livingstone-Learmonth, Oct 2018.
The perfect accompaniment for game, such as wild boar.