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 2021: Once again, nature has confronted us with complicated climatic situations, mainly with the frost that hit the Rhone Valley during the night of 7 to 8 April 2021. We had to be very vigilant throughout the season for this vintage, which was one of the latest in recent years. In contrast to the previous two years, autumn 2020 was dry, especially in October and November. The December rains were abundant but not sufficient to obtain a good water recharge of the soil. The end of winter was not wetter. February was warmer than normal and the very mild temperatures in March brought the vines out of their winter dormancy. The first buds burst at the end of March.
But unfortunately, the cold suddenly returned on the morning of April 8th with the most important event of the 2021 vintage: a black frost. Temperatures dropped to between -2°C and -5°C on average over a large part of the Southern Rhône Valley vineyards.
This had a devastating effect on the young shoots that had already emerged, which for the most part burned. The vineyards at higher altitudes fared better because these cold air masses tended to slide into the lower areas. Our higher altitude plots were therefore moderately affected, as were those pruned later. But the plots on the lower slopes were severely affected. Some particularly early and south-facing plots froze to 100%. The grape varieties reacted differently to the frost. The Grenache suffered particularly badly, whereas the Cinsault, Syrah and Clairette recovered very quickly.
The cool, wet weather continued for the next two months, allowing partial water recharge of the soil. But this did not help the vines to restart quickly after the frost.
At the end of May, the weather became milder, favouring the growth of the vineyard. Thus, the flowering took place quickly and in good conditions around June 10th, which favoured a good fruit set (transformation of the flower into fruit). However, due to the frost, the cluster emergence was very heterogeneous and rather low, even if the secondary buds that grew back afterwards turned out to be more fruitful than expected.
The rest of the season went smoothly. Temperatures remained fair, with a few rainy episodes, particularly at the end of June and July. The nights were cool, allowing good ripening of the berries.
We started the harvest in Gigondas on September 20th with the Cinsault grapes for the Gigondas Romane Machotte rosé, after the first heavy rain on September 15th (50 to 70 mm). We then continued with the Syrah. The Mourvèdre for the Domaine Grand Romane cuvée was harvested from September 30th, after the rainfall of September 26th (60mm). Finally, after the storms of October 4th (115mm), we waited for the soils to be dry enough to pick our Grenache under a beautiful sun!
We are among the three latest vintages of the last 15 years: identical to 2008 and 2014; barely ahead of 2013, which corresponds to a delay of more than 15 days compared to the previous vintage.
A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah that was destemmed and aged in a mix of barrels and foudre, the 2021 Vacqueyras La Grangelière has a clean, fresh, lively, medium-bodied style as well as traditional notes of red berries, rose petals, peppery garrigue, and spice. It shows the fresher style of the vintage but is balanced, has good ripeness, and solid length on the finish. Enjoy bottles over the coming 7-8 years. 89 Points, March 2023
This full-bodied and fleshy Southern Rhone red has pronounced aromas of blood orange alongside the big blueberry and blackberry character, making it surprisingly lively and light on its feet. Not so long at the finish, but very drinkable. Drink now. 90 Points, December 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