Young Thierry Vaute is the name behind Domaine de la Pigeade, a family domaine located at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountain ridge in Southern Rhone.
Thierry’s family vineyard was formerly part of the local village co-operative until he took over the domaine in 1996. He decided to go it alone and has spent the the time since improving the vineyards, renovating the winery buildings, reducing the yields and increasing the quality of his wines.
He has taken Beaumes de Venise by storm - the first person in the Appellation to hand pick, the first to cold macerate prefermentation, the first to use subzero storage.
This is an estate to watch.