In 1929, the 19-year-old Pierre Amadieu decided that rather than selling the grapes from the family’s vineyard, he would make the wine himself and put his name on the label.
Over the years, several important wineries have been added to the property and it is still the Amadieu family that drives the business forward. Today, wine is made in several of the areas in the Rhône Valley, including Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vacqueyras and Saint-Joseph. An organic approach is used in the vineyard whereever the conditions are favourable.
Gigondas are surrounded by the Dentelles de Montmirail mountain range, which gives rise to a special geological phenomenon that is unusual in the Rhone Valley. The mountains creates a special microclimate that protects the vineyard from inclement weather, and it is this climate that gives the wine its character sprung from the terroir.
The grapes grow on one of the oldest parts of the vineyard, 400 masl in a northwesterly direction. The grapes are hand-picked and stalked for fermentation, except for the Mourvèdre grapes which are fermented with whole bunches. The wine is stored in large oak barrels for about 18 months.
Gigondas is a flavoursome wine with hints of spice, with very dark berries such as black currants and blackberries, but also touches of red berries that brings in a certain freshness. Clear complex herbal notes, with hints of dried tobacco that interacts with a light mineral saltiness reminiscent of salty licorice.
65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah
Southern Rhône, France
Provinum 12205 (Private import, minimum order 6 bottles)
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