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.
80% Grenache and 20% 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.
Vintage 2020: The 2020 vintage was particularly early, but without a heat peak, resulting in wines that are already very accessible.
“The main thing we remember about this vintage is its earliness. From bud break at the end of March, and throughout the season until harvest, the grapes were between 15 days and a week earlier than in previous vintages.
The rest of the season went smoothly, with hot and dry weather, but without any heat spikes unlike previous years. This is reflected in the wines which, although they are sunny, are not scorching. The summer nights remained cool and allowed the grapes to reach good ripeness. However, the acids in the berries were quickly degraded by the heat and the Mistral. But surprisingly the wines remain well balanced.”
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. Vegan.
The entry level cuvée, the 2020 Vacqueyras La Grangelière is an 80/20 split of Grenache and Syrah. It has a juicy bouquet of bright berry and strawberry fruits as well as some Provençal herbs and pepper. Medium-bodied, pure, and easy-going, it’s a total charmer that will drink nicely right out of the gate. 89-91 Points, January 2022
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