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Domaine de Piaugier was started by Jean-Marc Autran’s great-grandfather, who had 6 hectares of vines on top of a small hill near Sablet. Today, Sophie and Jean-Marc Autran cultivate 3.5 hectares within Gigondas, 12.5 hectares in Sablet, and 14 hectares of Côtes du Rhône vineyards. The domaine is split into many small areas located on different soil types: clay with limestone and sand, clay with chalk, and sand and gravel soils, and the vines are on average, 20-40 years old. The grapes are harvested separately, parcel by parcel and all of their grapes are hand harvested. "La Grange" is a classic Cotes du Rhone blend, featuring primarily grenache, seasoned in order by syrah, mourvedre, cinsault, and carignan. The wine is aged in cement tanks and bottled without fining or filtration. This is our top-selling Cotes du Rhone of all time at the shop, and for some reason we turned our backs on it last spring. Enjoy it as you would any bistro red -- with good, hearty, simple food.