Domaine de l’Ameillaud


Domaine de l’Ameillaud
Southern Rhone, Cairanne
Wine Maker: Nick Thompson

Nick Thompson moved from his native England twenty years ago to study oenology in France where he met his wife Sabine (who is also an oenologist).

He has been making wine in the region since 1983 and since then has turned Domaine de l’Ameillaud into one of the stars of the region consistently bottling value blends of luscious concentration.

The fruit is from 40-60 year old Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre vines and the natural fermentations are done in massive concrete tanks where the wines also go through malolactic fermentation; there’s not an oak barrel to be found on the estate, but then again, the wines don’t need it.

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2010 Côtes du Rhône 89 points
‘Better [than the VdP] with a more straight forward profile, the 2010 Domaine de l’Ameillaud Côtes du Rhône is a completely destemmed blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 20% Carignan and 5% Mourvedre that see a traditional elevage. Possesing quality aromas of juicy black cherries, tobacco, licorice, wet stone like minerality and peppercorn, this has class on the palate, showing a medium-bodied, rich texture, excellent acidity, and chewy tannin that adds length on the finish. Savory, complex, and beautifully fruite, this borderline outstanding Côtes du Rhône will drink nicely for 7-8 years. (89 pts.)’ Jeb Dunnuck of ‘The Rhone Report’

2010 Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages 91 points
‘The 2010 Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages is a destemmed blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Carignan, and 5% Mourvedre that comes from vines averaging 45-years in age. Inky in color (a trait of the vintage), with classy aromas of creamy raspberry, cassis, flowers, wet stone
like minerality, and leafy herbs on the nose, this medium to full-bodied Cairanne has a rich, layered feel in the mouth. Balanced, with a concentrated mid-palate, excellent acidity, and ripe chewy tannin on the finish, this outstanding wine benefits from a decant and should deliver loads of pleasure
over the next 7-8 years. (91 pts.)’ Jeb Dunnuck of ‘The Rhone Report’

“And from the Domaine de l’Ameillaud, McKay also imports the exceptionally good-value un-wooded reds of English winemaker Nick Thompson. The Cairanne, shows all the purple fruit and spice and juiciness I expect from this old favourite.” Max Allen, The Australian Magazine


Nick Thompson (pic. Euan McKay)