PIERRE AMADIEU, LE PAS DE L'AIGLE, GRAND RESERVE, GIGONDAS

 

RHONE VALLEY, FRANCE 2014

 

 

While demand - and prices - of Chateauneuf-du-Pape soar, lovers of the Rhone can relish in the fact that Gigondas continues to over-deliver for its price point. Located less than 10 miles to the northeast of Chateauneuf, Gigondas is easily considered one of the most beautiful wine villages in the world. For a long time the wines of Gigondas have simply mimicked those of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. However, more and more estates are taking advantage of their higher elevations and limestone-rich soils, with the best terroir-driven producers rivaling the renowned Chateauneuf-du-Pape with a flair of elegance and finesse - at incredibly reasonable price points. One of these key producers leading the way is Pierre Amadieu. A benchmark producer in the region, the family has been producing wine here since 1929 and was one of the first to label their wine with the name Gigondas. Today we are delighted to offer his 2014 "Le Pas de l'Aigle," a cuvee that has attained an almost cult-like status since its first bottled vintage in 2006.

 

Founded in the beginning of the 20th century by Pierre's grandfather, the estate has expanded over the years to 137 ha of vines, with the bulk of the property sitting on the hillside just below the Dentelles de Montmirail rock formation. It is here where a small parcel of land known as the "Eagle's Pass" stands out for its rare abundance of marl, rather than limestone, soils that date back to the Cretaceous Period. Planted to Grenache and Syrah, the vines are on average nearly 50 years old and lie at 400m in altitude producing fruit of extraordinary intensity and finesse. With such steep slopes and cooler climate, the grapes are harvested later in the season by hand, with only the ripest bunches selected. As standards are high for this single cru, "Le Pas de l'Aigle" is not made in every vintage. When produced, it is typically aged for two years in large French oak vats, allowing the cuvee to maintain a vibrant fruit profile and richness that has quickly led to it becoming Pierre's most sought-out wine.

 

The 2014 is no different. Deep and dark in color, the wine is intense with alluring aromas of cherry and plum complemented by flavors of spice and pepper. The vintage leaves the tannins very approachable with an iron-like minerality that makes this a perfect companion for heartier dishes and meats. With more depth and minerality that surpasses even wines from its pricier, southern neighbor, this is a must have, especially for under $30 per bottle!

 

 

*This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in April/May 2018. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CT, MA, MN, NY, TN, TX and WI. Discount percentages rounded up to nearest whole number. This is a ONE WEEK SALE that will expire on Sunday, January 21, 2018.