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 – 20% Syrah
Vineyard & Vinification Note
The vines from this family-owned estate that produce this wine are grown in soil of rocky limestone and alluvium, typical of the Mont Ventoux terroir, where the northerly Mistral wind blows.
La Claretière, predominantly made with Grenache, is vinified in Pierre Amadieu’s Gigondas cellar using traditional methods. The result is a wine with pleasant fruit and an elegant simplicity.
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.”
Fresh and aromatic, this well-structured Ventoux balances red fruit flavours of cherry and redcurrant with good body. Vegan.
Drink this wine young, aged 2 or 3 years. Perfect with fettuccine al pesto or cold meats.