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Chateauneuf du Pape Grenaches des Pierre Domaine Giraud 2011

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"The limited production cuvee (300 cases) of 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Grenaches de Pierre is made from 100% Grenache. It emerges from a vineyard planted in sandy soils near Pignan and Rayas, bordered on the east by La Crau. A sensational cuvee, it is a candidate for one of the wine of the vintage. It boasts super-rich black raspberry and black cherry fruit intertwined with a note of incense and a sappy character that comes from these ancient head-pruned Grenache vines. Sensational concentration along with a wealth of fruit, extract and glycerin make for a remarkable wine that transcends the vintage quality. Drink it over the next decade or more...93-96" WA 10/12

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Domaine Giraud:
The 'domaine' saw the light of day thanks to Pierre and Mireille's zeal and two families coming together. Pierre Giraud is the son of a long line of winegrowers going back more than six centuries. Descendant of the Arrnenier family, he's always tended his vineyard with loving care. The Buou family owned the village distillery for generations; Mireille has always worked alongside her husband hel... Read more
The 'domaine' saw the light of day thanks to Pierre and Mireille's zeal and two families coming together. Pierre Giraud is the son of a long line of winegrowers going back more than six centuries. Descendant of the Arrnenier family, he's always tended his vineyard with loving care. The Buou family owned the village distillery for generations; Mireille has always worked alongside her husband helping to expand the vineyard. Now she looks after the day-to-day running of the Domaine. The story begins in 1974 when Pierre and Mireille took on 4ha (10 acres) of vines as tenant farmers. For 12 years, the domaine would grow little by little through purchasing pieces of rented land. In 1981. Pierre and Mireille turned the family distillery into a winemaking and barrel-ageing cellar. That same year, the domaine 's first vintage would be born. In 1987. the running of the Armenier family's vineyard was handed down to their children. Pierre and Mireille took care of 8ha (20 acres) of 100 year old vines found on the Crau plateau, Les Terres Blanches ('White Earth'), the Gallimardes and the sandy soils around Pignan in the Rayas area. In 1998. Pierre was ready to pass on his love of the vine and wine to his children. Marie and Francois took on the estate hand-in-hand. Under their parents' watchful eye. they devoted themselves to tending vines and winemaking. They focused their efforts on selecting parcel by parcel, doing minimal treatments, upgrading their cellar to make finer and finer wines while respecting family traditions. Read less

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"The limited production cuvee (300 cases) of 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Grenaches de Pierre is made from 100% Grenache. It emerges from a vineyard planted in sandy soils near Pignan and Rayas, bordered on the east by La Crau. A sensational cuvee, it is a candidate for one of the wine of the vintage. It boasts super-rich black raspberry and black cherry fruit intertwined with a note of incense and a sappy character that comes from these ancient head-pruned Grenache vines. Sensational concentration along with a wealth of fruit, extract and glycerin make for a remarkable wine that transcends the vintage quality. Drink it over the next decade or more...93-96" WA 10/12

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