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.
65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah
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.
At once rich and fleshy, yet fresh and wonderfully dry, this is an excellent Gigondas that already gives so much pleasure, but has many years ahead of it. I love the way the red-fruit, terra-cotta and Mediterranean-herb aromas expand in the glass. Super interplay of fruit, minerality and fine tannins at the long finish. From 50-year-old vines, growing at 400 meters altitude. Drinkable now, but best from 2023. 94 Points, January 2022
I’m not sure the 2019 Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane isn’t the finest vintage I’ve tasted of this cuvée. It’s a darker, richer Gigondas based on 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, and 15% Syrah. Medium to full-bodied, remarkably pure, and beautifully balanced, it has complex notes of damp forest floor, peppery garrigue, and assorted darker berry fruits. It’s a brilliant effort from this team that will keep for 10-15 years. 94 Points, January 2022
The perfect accompaniment for game, such as wild boar.