Domaine de Piaugier "La Grange de Piaugier" Côtes du Rhône '19
Many of you already know that some of the best values in French wine are Côtes du Rhône. While they can come from well-know areas of the northern Rhône, they’re often though of as being modest versions of Chateâuneuf-du-Pape.
Domaine de Piaugier’s vineyards are located in and around the village at the foot of the jagged Dentelles de Montmirail in the Vaucluse department. Here Jean-Marc Autran, son, grandson and great-grandson of wine growers, produced his first wine in 1985. It was made in the cellars built in 1947 by his great-grandfather Alphonse Vautour. Along with his wife, Sophie, Jean-Marc now cultivates 30 hectares of vines.
The wines are made from hand-harvested, whole bunches. “La Grange de Piaugier” is a field blend from different plots, with Grenache the dominant variety at 80%, with smaller amounts of Syrah, Cinsault, and Carignan. The vines average 45 years in age. The grapes are 100% destemmed, then aged in tank with indigenous yeast for seven days, followed by 6–12 months of aging in cement tank. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Dry and medium plus bodied, with moderate tannins and acidity, it has notes of ripe red cherry, raspberry, plum, dried savory herbs, and tapenade. It’s delicious and drinkable now, with an open quality that makes it an everyday, easy-drinking wine that is also an incredible value. Try it with grilled meats, herb-roasted chicken, or a hearty lentil or chickpea stew.
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