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Domaine Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 2001

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

The 2001 Chacirc;teauneuf du Pape reveals a character similar to its older sibling, with additional texture, structure, and delineation (from the cooler harvest conditions). Sweet dried Provencal herb, roasted meat, ground pepper, and kirsch liqueur aromas jump from the glass of this deep ruby-colored offering. It possesses excellent texture, a big, chewy, succulent mouthfeel, and a spicy, long finish. It may deserve an outstanding score. Anticipated maturity: 2004ndash;2013.

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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

External Reviews for Domaine Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

The 2001 Chacirc;teauneuf du Pape reveals a character similar to its older sibling, with additional texture, structure, and delineation (from the cooler harvest conditions). Sweet dried Provencal herb, roasted meat, ground pepper, and kirsch liqueur aromas jump from the glass of this deep ruby-colored offering. It possesses excellent texture, a big, chewy, succulent mouthfeel, and a spicy, long finish. It may deserve an outstanding score. Anticipated maturity: 2004ndash;2013.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

The 2001 Chateauneuf Du Papersquo;s dark/ruby plum color is accompanied by delicious, sexy aromas of ground pepper, kirsch liqueur, roasted peanuts, and lavender. Full-bodied, broad, and expansive, it is a succulent, hedonistic fruit bomb to enjoy over the next 7ndash;8 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

An artisanal wine that harks back to another era, showing wet earth. Almost funky, with raspberry jam, mineral, stone, saddle leather and citrus complexity. Plenty to like, with no obvious oak to interfere with this distinctive version of the local terroir. Not imported into the U.S. Drink now through 2010.




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