Pierre Amadieu Roulepierre Côtes du Rhône 2015
Cotes Du Rhone - France
The wine's story
To say that the Rhone Valley of France is one of the world’s most picturesque wine regions is something of an understatement, especially when you are looking out at the view from the vineyards of the Pierre Amadieu estate. The vines tumble down the valley sides from a considerable elevation, capturing the soft sunshine which washes over the part the country before bursting with their rich, luscious fruit. Of course, there’s no real connection between the way a winery looks and the quality of their produce… but this particular view does give you some idea of the kind of wine that Pierre Amadieu produces. After all, this particular Cotes du Rhone winery is one which really does celebrate this landscape, and makes the most of the high altitude its vines benefit from. Pierre Amadieu has long been associated with traditional, reliable, rustic Cotes du Rhone (in both red and white varieties) - exactly the kind of wine you’d want to drink after a day trekking across this kind of striking landscape.
Founded in 1929 by Pierre Amadieu himself, this winery is one of the few which helped establish the Gigondas sub-region as such as prominent producer of high quality wine in the valley. Interestingly, it was also one of the first wineries to bottle their produce on the estate, kickstarting a trend which is now indicative of quality - especially in France. Pierre Amadieu wanted complete control over his wine production, and this attention to detail and refusal to compromise has extended down through his descendents to today, where his vision lives on. Alongside the classic Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes which you could expect to find at all wineries in this part of France, Pierre Amadieu winery also grows Cinsault and several superb white wine grapes, all of which ripen slowly and pick up bags of expression on the steep valley sides. To say that the Rhone Valley of France is one of the world’s most picturesque wine regions is something of an understatement, especially when you are looking out at the view from the vineyards of t... read more
We don't talk about vintages too much here at the Wine Gallery - if the wine is good, then it is good, no matter what year it came from. But sometimes it's hard to overlook the perfect combination of weather conditions that can occur over a period of a few months, resulting in fruit that is simply excellent, and can elevate a good wine to a great wine.
Pierre Amadieu Roulepierre is always solid, well made and consistently enjoyable. In 2015 however, it went to the next level. Many winemakers in the Rhone will say the same thing - things just went right.
Grenache dominant in this vintage, the floral characters are brighter, the fruit is rounder and supple, but still has tension and power, and the balance of the wines is just beautiful.
They really are great to drink, and will cellar brilliantly as well. We don't talk about vintages too much here at the Wine Gallery - if the wine is good, then it is good, no matter what year it came from. But sometimes it's hard to overlook the perfect combination ... read more
Cotes du Rhone blends such as this one from Pierre Amadieu are one of our favourite wine styles for pairing with food. Why? They’ve got that lovely juicy character from the Grenache, and loads of rustic, rough-around-the-edges notes that make them ideal for the big, hearty dinners and unpretentious home cooking that we love to eat. This wine will pair superbly with sausages, burgers and lots of barbeque favourites, but it’s probably best with roast dinners - roast chicken, duck, pork and turkey are all going to be great here (it’s even better with the leftovers and cold meats the following day!), and if you fancy being a bit posh it would also be damn good with game birds and other wild meats, too. If you don’t fancy meat, have it with a margherita pizza, or a pasta arrabiata - it’s a truly versatile wine which is going to slip down well with almost any dinner! Cotes du Rhone blends such as this one from Pierre Amadieu are one of our favourite wine styles for pairing with food. Why? They’ve got that lovely juicy character from the Grenache, and loads of r... read more
5-10 years - This wine is excellent now, and will hold up really well over the next decade.