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Domaine Grand Romane Gigondas Cuvée Prestige 2007

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Domaine Grand Romane:
Since several generations our family is linked to Gigondas. Owner of 7 hectares (17 acres) near the village where vines and olive trees already grown together for more than a century, my grand father also named Pierre Amadieu, decides in 1929 to bottle his Gigondas. He is one of the firsts to print the name of the appellation on his bottles and obtains from 1932 for his cuvee Clos de la Paillou... Read more
Since several generations our family is linked to Gigondas. Owner of 7 hectares (17 acres) near the village where vines and olive trees already grown together for more than a century, my grand father also named Pierre Amadieu, decides in 1929 to bottle his Gigondas. He is one of the firsts to print the name of the appellation on his bottles and obtains from 1932 for his cuvee Clos de la Paillouse a golden medal in the Agricultural Concours of Paris. My grand father is a pioneer in several domains selecting wines, then buying in the 1950s, two properties, historically linked: Romane and La Machotte. We so become the largest estate of Gigondas with 137 ha of vines (338 acres), surrounded by 200 ha of garrigue and holm oaks which assure a natural protection for the vineyard. From 1945, in order to make wine in best he builds a wine making cellar and a subterranean wine ageing cellar near the village. It is dug on two levels underground insuring constant temperature and hygrometry. Then, in 1955, Pierre buys an old railway tunnel near Pierrelongue (Drôme), to age his wines. This privileged place of 160 meters long received 159 oak casks of 30 hectolitres, allowing an exceptional ageing. Logistic constraints lead to the closure of the site in 2000, but it might be that this great ageing tool returns in activity tomorrow to follow the development of our company. At the same time, the cellar of the farm of La Machotte is equipped with oak casks still used today and receives up to 2000 hectolitres of wines. Wines take advantage of a natural air conditioning, where 13th century ceramic vats are still visible. My grand father is a wine grower and a builder but also a precursor. Before all the current environmental talk, up to 1200 sheeps were pasturing in the vineyard in off-season, providing at the same time natural manure and controlled ground cover planting, in order to obtain a natural and healthy vineyard. He is also worried about vineyard landscape impact and decides to plant on plots’ borders traditional olive trees and cypress of Florence. Fascinated lover and defender of this terroir, my grand father has played a decisive role for the appellation. Everywhere, he takes up to publicize the name of Gigondas and our wines are quickly appreciated, figuring on wine list of the famous French boat cruise Le France or of Air Africa company during several years. At the end of his business studies, my father Jean-Pierre Amadieu joins him and structures a strong sales network, granting all importance for export, restaurants and retailers sales. Then in 1976, some years after the consecration of Gigondas appellation, my uncle Claude settles down and works the vineyard. He inherits from my grandfather’s environmental respect and runs the vines as naturally as possible. He elaborates the first “Marc de Gigondas” and creates our own vines’ nursery in order to obtain exactly the type of vines we wanted. With my aunt Muriel, they develop private sales and for the pleasure of wines lovers start the cuvee Domaine Grand Romane, fortunate blending of old vines of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Since 1989, I am on the head of the company and work with my uncle and aunt. Agricultural engineer (Agro Paris Tech) and oenologist, I keep on carrying the family estate and improve every year wines quality. My will is the looking for an elegance, a length on the palate and a “Burgundy” freshness in our wines. A careful parcels selection allows me today to elaborate different cuvées of Gigondas which express each in their way our exceptional terroir. Read less

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