Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Les Grenaches de Pierre, Domaine Giraud 2012

RR11612

Deep, intense colour with hugely rich strawberry fruit initially, followed by herb and more deep black plum (pruneaux) and figs. The finish is surprisingly minerally, balancing the richness perfectly.

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Type Red
ABV 15.0%
Bottle Size 75 cl
Country France
Region Rhône Valley
Area Southern Rhône
Sub Area Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Style Powerful
Vintage 2012
Major Grape Grenache
Grapes 100% Grenache
Drinking Guide Keep
Food Match Kidneys, Pan-fried

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Rhône Vintage Guide

An early harvest has produced some intense wines in 2017 for both the north and the south of the region, though uneven flowering in both has reduced yields considerably. 2016 in both Northern and Southern Rhône has produced excellent results, and the South has it by a whisker this year, the opposite of 2015. 2015 is terrific, particularly for the North’s Syrah; no problems reported and decent yields too. An ideal growing season, that was even hotter than 2003 in the daytime but with cooler nights and just enough rainfall to prevent problems in the vineyards. Both whites and reds are excellent. 2014 is not an easy vintage to generalise about but whites are super, reds are very pure with lovely aromatics, and, in the South, as in 2013, Syrah and Mourvèdre have done better than Grenache. In common with most of Europe, 2013 started late but a dry second half of the season resulted in some excellent wines particularly Syrah from the North. 2012 was a return to a broader, richer style across the region, while the 2011s have more elegance and freshness – qualities you’ll find in the southern Côtes du Rhône in particular. 2010 is outstanding, particularly in the South where the balance is glorious. The previous vintage, 2009 was also packed with superlatives, with the North just trumping the South – very pure, rich Syrah with tremendous potential. 2008 was certainly a ‘curate’s egg’, where we were careful to buy only the best. One of the few dips in the ‘noughties’ really, since the fabulous 2007 vintage tops even the outstanding 20062005 and 2004s. A remarkable run, but tasting these wines has been an absolute pleasure in recent years, and these brilliant bottles will last, the top styles easily making 15-20 years, yet having the fresh fruit structure to enjoy in their youth. Otherwise, the hot 2003s are very rich, possibly better in the North. 2002 was rather disappointingly light and 2001 was uniformly excellent.

 

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