Pierre Amadieu Grande Romane OV Gigondas 2016 - Rhone, France
18.5/20 - Decanter
92/100 - Vinous
91/100 - Wine Spectator
91/100 - Wine Enthusiast
16/20 - Jancis Robinson
65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah
Wine Spectator - "Dark plum and raspberry paste flavours are at the core of this solidly built red, backed by singed alder, licorice root and tar hints through the finish. Shows some heft, but there's good energy to match. Best from 2018 through 2025."
The Winemaker - "Fragrances of black fruits (black currant and blackberry), red fruits cooked with vanilla (raspberry, strawberry) with toasted flavours of thyme, laurel and black olives. Powerful tannins fill the mouth with delicate liquorice and peppery notes. An astonishing balance of complexity, power and roundness."
Wine Advocate "looks every bit as good as the barrel sample did last year, layering subtle cedar and vanilla shadings over ripe berries and stone fruit. Full-bodied, creamy and lush." (2017 vintage)
Wine Spectator "Ripe and juicy in feel, with a wound-up core of raspberry, black currant and cherry pâte de fruit flavors waiting to stretch out, while an undercurrent of alder, tobacco and licorice root notes moves through." (2017 vintage)
Wine Spectator "Pierre Amadieu - The Gentle Giant of Gigondas"
Wine Spectator "Pierre Amadieu's estate is Gigondas' largest vineyard holder, with 320 acres of vines (roughly 11 per cent of the appellation). Pierre's grandfather (also named Pierre) started the company in 1929 with just 17 acres of vines. As the business grew, Amadieu's grandfather purchased the Romane Machotte estate in 1950, a 316-acre tract of land; then mostly wooded hillsides and olive groves, it now forms the backbone of the estate. Pierre's father, Jean-Pierre, and uncle Claude continued the family tradition until the younger, quietly serious Pierre Amadieu, now 41, joined the family company in 1990, after a training period at Château La Nerthe with Alain Dugas. By 2003, Pierre had assumed full control of the company."
Pierre Amadieu is a highly regarded winery founded in 1929 by the current owner’s grandfather, who made wines from his 7 hectares of vineyards in Gigondas. It was one of the first wineries to print the name of the appellation on its bottles, and within three years of establishment, Pierre Amadieu had established its reputation, winning a gold medal in the National Agricultural Concours of Paris; one of the most prestigious wine awards at the time. Generations on, the present Pierre Amadieu - owner and winemaker continue the tradition. He is not a follower of over-extracted wines; instead, he strives to obtain well-balanced wines with all the elegance and the richness of his protected terroir located on the heights of the appellation Gigondas.
Pierre Amadieu is the largest estate of Gigondas with 137 ha of vines (338 acres), surrounded by 200 ha of garrigue and holm oaks which assure natural protection for the vineyard. The management of the vineyard and the winemaking process are increasingly single-vineyard oriented.
Gigondas is a village in the southern Rhône valley and an appellation for red and rosé wines. Both colors are made from up to 80 percent Grenache (according to the appellation laws), with at least 15 percent comprised of Syrah and Mourvèdre. Any Gigondas wine may have a maximum of 10 percent of any variety sanctioned by the standard red Côtes du Rhône appellation laws, with the exception of Carignan.
Southern Rhone Red Blend refers to a wide range of grape varieties often blended together to make wines in the southern reaches of the Rhone Valley in the south of France. While the blend could theoretically consist of any of a wide range of grape varieties, it is usually made up of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, in varying proportions, typically with Grenache and Syrah as the dominant partners.
The Rhone Valley is one of France's key wine regions, and is divided neatly by a gap of about 25 miles (40km). Wines from the northern part of the valley tend to be Syrah-dominant (Hermitage and Cote Rotie being the most notable examples), while wines from the southern Rhone are more commonly blends, with Grenache playing a more dominant role. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous example of a southern Rhone blend, but similar blends are found in wines from Gigondas, Vacqueyras and the regional Cotes du Rhone title.
Alongside Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (which are often collectively referred to as a GSM blend), a number of local varieties can be found in southern Rhone blends. This includes varieties like Carignan and Cinsaut, which are planted along the Mediterranean coast, but also more obscure varieties like Clairette, Counoise, Muscardin, Terret Noir and Vaccarese. It is not unheard of for southern Rhone red blends to also include white grape varieties like Viognier or Roussanne in small proportions.