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2003 Domaine de Piaugier, Reserve de Maude


This bottle from Domaine de Piaugier was imported by Simon’n’Cellars and recently purchased for $25 at MacArthurs.  Current vintages are imported by DS Trading Company.  After trying the 2009 La Grange de Piaugier and the 2005 Tenebi I was curious to revisit the 2003 Reserve de Maude.  Sophie Autran has once again been kind in answering my questions and providing a picture of the Syrah grapes used in the Reserve de Maude.

Syrah Grapes, Image from Domaine de Piaugier

The Reserve de Maude was first produced in 1998 at the insistence of the Belgian importer Marcel Michel of La Caviniere.  This cuvee was envisioned as a 100% Syrah wine aged in new oak.  The fruit is sourced from 30+ year old vines planted by Jean-Marc’s father in the later 1970s.  The sandy soils are good for low-yields and concentration.  The grapes are hand harvested, spend one month in tank then, for this vintage, aged for two winters in new oak barriques.  The wine is only produced when the Syrah grapes have good concentration and high acidity.  We last drank a bottle of the 2003 Reserve de Maude almost four years ago.  You may read my previous tasting note here.  Starting with the 2007 vintage the wine is aged in new demi-muids (600 L) which are larger than the barriques (225 L) previously used.  Sophie reports that the results are positive with a better connection between the wine and wood.  I look forward to trying these new vintages!

2003 Domaine de Piaugier, Reserve de Maude, Sablet, Cotes do Rhone Villages
The nose of red fruit revealed hints of pencil.  In the mouth there were pure red berry flavors with prominent acidity.  The flavors turned tart and cranberry-like in the midpalate before ample, fine, dusty tannins came out.  With air the fruit became lifted with a finely textured nature.  Jenn enjoyed that it was “a bit salty” and the dark-red core.  The original fruity, floral and spice notes are making way to a second stage.  There is plenty of life ahead and I believe it needs more time to become fully mature.  It still has pure fruit flavors and good texture. **(*) Now-2017.

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