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Pierre Amadieu Gigondas Romane Machotte 2012

Pierre Amadieu Gigondas Romane Machotte 2012

Sku: 026124

 Wine Advocate 88 points (Jan 2015)
A soft, supple and textured effort, the 2012 Gigondas Romane Machotte has pretty strawberry, blackberry, toasted bread and spice to go with a medium-bodied, elegant, finesse-driven style on the palate. A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, from plots ranging in elevation from 260-400 meters, it was aged 12 months in 50% 30 hectoliter tanks and 50% in 3-4 year-old barrels. It should have a decade or more of longevity.

Wine maker notes
The old vines of Grenache and Syrah that produce this Gigondas are deeply rooted in the chalk and clay slopes of the family estate, where the scent of the “garrigue” that grew there for centuries still perfumes the vines that have replaced it. Early in October, the hand picking starts under the warm autumn sun, the moment when the grapes are just starting to be perfectly ripe. The “cuvaison” is long (about 30 days) in order to extract only the best from each grape variety – and to allow the spirit and the traditions of our family terroir to be expressed. A traditional ageing of 12 months, partly in two year-old barrels and partly in oak casks, allows a blending of the delicate oak flavours with the subtle natural micro-oxygenation of the wine.

Notes of garrigue & red fruits, along with a round and spicey finish.
Plum jam with a hint of vanilla and juicy blackcurrant are enveloped in soft yet powerful tannins, mingling with scents of provençal wild herbs (thyme, laurel and rosemary) to produce an aromatic bouquet, building to a long and spicey finish seasoned with black pepper.
Enjoy this wine with a beef stew seasoned with rosemary, or vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberry purée. Drink now, or within the next 5 years.

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