Domaine Giraud - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Grenaches de Pierre 2019 (750ml)


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Producer Domaine Giraud
Country France
Region Rhone Valley
Subregion Chateauneuf du Pape
Varietal Grenache
Vintage 2019
Sku 1416098
Size 750ml

The “domaine” saw the light of day thanks to Pierre and Mireille Giraud’s zeal and two families coming together. The story begins in 1974 when Pierre and Mireille as their parents did before them took on 4 hectares (10 acres) of vines. Little by little the Domaine has grown through years exclusively on the appellation. In 1998 Pierre was ready to pass on his love of the vine and wine to his children. Marie and François took on the estate hand-in-hand. Under their parents’ watchful eye they devoted themselves to tending vines and winemaking. They focused their efforts on selecting parcel by parcel doing minimal treatments upgrading their cellar to make finer and finer wines while respecting family traditions."

Vinous: 96 Points

Glistening ruby. An assertively perfumed bouquet evokes black raspberry cherry compote potpourri and exotic spices and a smoky mineral flourish builds in the glass. Sweet palate-staining red and dark berry liqueur lavender and fruitcake flavors show outstanding depth as well as energy thanks to an undercurrent of juicy acidity. Blends power and finesse with a deft hand and finishes extremely long sappy and pure with polished tannins emerging slowly. -- Josh Raynolds


Jeb Dunnuck: 96-98 Points

Lastly the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Grenaches de Pierre is all Grenache from old vines and sandy soils brought up mostly in tank. A rock star Grenache-driven bouquet of kirsch liqueur licorice Provençal herbs flowery incense and spice gives way to a full-bodied 2019 with brilliant tannins a seamless texture no hard edges and a great finish. Its balance as well as purity of fruit are just about off the charts and this is heavenly Châteauneuf du Pape all the way. I think it will offer plenty of upfront charm but smart money is on 2-3 years of bottle age and following it over the ensuing 10-15 years. (Drink between 2020-2035)


Decanter: 96 Points

Very ripe indeed but not overly so with massy ripe sweet tannins. Deep and driving full-bodied but with a deeply ingrained freshness. Darkly fruited and very long. Should be excellent when it's ready but that will take some time. 100-year-old Grenache vines grown on lieux-dits La Crau and Pignan all destemmed and fermented and aged in concrete. The soils are largely sandy; ?Pierre? refers to the father of the sister-and-brother team that now run the estate. (Drink between 2027-2043)

Wine Advocate: 95 Points

Sourced from 100-year-old vines in the sandy lieux-dits of Charbonnières (est) Mourre de Gaud and Pignan the 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Grenaches de Pierre is less effusive on the nose than the other cuvées at this address yet it still remains marked by intense black cherries and licorice notes. Aged solely in concrete it's full-bodied velvety-textured and luscious even if it does show a touch of alcoholic warmth on the lingering finish. Tasted twice (once blind) with the note above reflecting the better bottle.

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