Domaine Giraud Premices Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012

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"The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Premices, which had just been bottled at the time of this tasting, has fantastic ripeness and offers up beautiful Provencal notes of sweet blackberry, currants, toasted spice, cured meats and earthy notes to go with full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. Rich, fleshy and textured, it’s another knockout Grenache-dominated blend from this estate...91-93" WA 10/13 "Brilliant ruby. Exotic raspberry preserve, incense and lavender aromas are brightened by vibrant minerality. Offers sweet red berry liqueur and floral pastille flavors of very good freshness and clarity, picking up an exotic blood orange quality with air. Finishes sweet, bright and long, with smooth, slow-building tannins...90-92" IWC 01/14

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Varietal: Grenache
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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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External Reviews for Domaine Giraud Premices Chateauneuf-du-Pape

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/21/2014

Brilliant ruby. Exotic raspberry preserve, incense and lavender aromas are brightened by vibrant minerality. Offers sweet red berry liqueur and floral pastille flavors of very good freshness and clarity, picking up an exotic blood orange quality with air. Finishes sweet, bright and long, with smooth, slow-building tannins.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/21/2014

The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Premices, which had just been bottled at the time of this tasting, has fantastic ripeness and offers up beautiful Provencal notes of sweet blackberry, currants, toasted spice, cured meats and earthy notes to go with full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. Rich, fleshy and textured, it’s another knockout Grenache-dominated blend from this estate. Drink now–2020.



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"The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Premices, which had just been bottled at the time of this tasting, has fantastic ripeness and offers up beautiful Provencal notes of sweet blackberry, currants, toasted spice, cured meats and earthy notes to go with full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. Rich, fleshy and textured, it’s another knockout Grenache-dominated blend from this estate...91-93" WA 10/13 "Brilliant ruby. Exotic raspberry preserve, incense and lavender aromas are brightened by vibrant minerality. Offers sweet red berry liqueur and floral pastille flavors of very good freshness and clarity, picking up an exotic blood orange quality with air. Finishes sweet, bright and long, with smooth, slow-building tannins...90-92" IWC 01/14

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