The Amadieu estate is the largest in Gigondas with 137ha of vineyard and a further 200ha of woods and garrigue which play a significant role in the vineyard by providing biodiversity. The vines go high up into the Dentelles de Montmirail and the view from the top is quite staggeringly beautiful.
The estate was founded in 1929 by Pierre Amadieu who understood two things. First was the importance of putting his name on the label and Amadieu was one of the first to bottle his own wine. He played a crucial role in promoting Gigondas, which only gained cru status in 1971. He also understood the value of good land and during his life bought vineyard and extended the family holdings greatly. Grenache was the main variety planted here but others were added, such as syrah, chosen for planting at higher altitude where it could express itself better. Other varieties include mourvèdre and cinsault.
Of remarkable interest at Amadieu is the white. Gigondas does not as yet exist as an appellation for white wine which is a shame as it is so good, with Amadieu leading the way and indeed the campaign for recognition. The white grape variety here is clairette which is often used in the blend of red wines. Amadieu own a large plot of clairette, all old vines and make an outstanding white which, for the time being, is sold simply as Côtes-du-Rhône.
Elegance is the key to Amadieu wines and their high-altitude vineyards are proving their worth, producing wines that, for all their obvious power, are able to preserve freshness and a lightness of touch.