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The Young 2010 Piaugier, Gigondas and 2012 Harvest Pictures


Marc Autran, Jean-Marc’s Father

I heard from Sophie Autran of Domaine de Piaugier this week in response to some questions.  She reported that the 2012 vintage seems to be one of the best since 2001.  For her estate there were “Small quantities but nice grapes, good acidity and concentration.”  She kindly provided some recent pictures for all to enjoy.

Syrah Harvest

Syrah

Grenache

Egrappage (destemming)

Jean-Marc and Marine

We have been drinking a lot of the 2010 Domaine de Piaugier, La Grange de Piaugier.  You may read about it here.  While that is appropriate for consumption over the next several years the 2010 Gigondas requires several years of age.  This seems to be in line with the vintage and Gigondas in general.  So stick a few bottles away and drink the La Grange in the mean time.   This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

2010 Domaine de Piaugier, Gigondas – $23
Imported by DS Trading.  This wine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and 15% Syrah.  The grapes were destemmed then fermented for one month in cement tank followed by maturation over two winters in 33% cement tank, 33% in one year old barrels, and 33% in new foudre.   Alcohol 14.5%.  The color is a youthful, grapey purple ruby.  The nose is light but complex with concentrated orange, red berry juice, and pineapple.  In the mouth there is focused red fruit which has the density for aging along with the fine tannins.  There is a mild weight.  With air lavender and black tea notes come out before the wine hardens in the finish.  There are very fine, drying tannins which are clearly young and a little spicy.  The acidity is tangy.  **(*)  2017-2027.

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