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 the family estate, 400 m above sea level. 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.
Packed with red- and black-currant fruit inlaid with licorice snap, garrigue and tar notes, this stays racy and focused in feel thanks to a bright iron–mineral streak that runs underneath it all. Rock solid. Best from 2022 through 2038. 6,700 cases made; 1,000 cases imported. 94 Points, James Molesworth, February 2021.
Penetrating aromas of Bing cherries and mossy stones lead the way in the 2018 Gigondas Domaine Grande Romane, a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah. It’s full-bodied, supple and round, fleshed out but ripe stone fruit, then it finishes firm and tannic. 91-94 Points, Joe Czerwinski, August 2019
While the 2018 Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane isn’t going to match the brilliant 2017, it’s nevertheless an outstanding, beautiful Gigondas that has loads to love. Offering lots of ripe black cherries, black raspberries, peppery herbs, and spice, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a rounded, expansive texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It’s another Provençal, character-filled, incredibly satisfying wine from this estate that should drink nicely for 7-8 years. 90 Points, October 2020
The perfect accompaniment for game, such as wild boar.