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Domaine de Longue Toque

Gigondas

Appellation d'origine protégée

Of the 27ha (67 acres) of vineyards, 17ha (42 acres) are in the AOP Gigondas. The different plots are spread out between the ancient alluvial terraces near the Ouvèze river right up to the limestone scree just below the peaks of the Dentelles de Montmirail.
This diversity of soils produces a wine of great texture and elegance.

Gigondas
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2011
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With a warm Spring and well saturated soils, flowering took place in favorable conditions. A rainy July delayed the maturation process but the hot August and September temperatures evened out the ripeness in the vineyards and we witnessed an excellent level of sugar in the grapes. Harvesting started the 20th of September for the Syrahs and the 27th of September for the Grenaches.

Rewards

90   Wine Spectator

88   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker

14/20   Guide Bettane & Desseauve

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Gigondas
Vintage
2011

Grape Varieties: 

  • 50% Grenache
  • 50% Syrah

Terroir: 

A blend of two terroirs:

  • Syrah from “La Jasse”, on limestone scree and marl from the Cretaceous period at 400m. alt (1300ft) in the Dentelles.
  • Grenache & Syrah from the “Montmirail” zone in sandy marl of the Oligocene period at 150m alt (500ft)

Winemaking: 

Manual harvesting. Crushed and destemmed. A 20-day maceration period with punch-downs and pump-overs up to 3 times a day and temperatures maintained around 28° to 30°C (82° to 86°F). Runoff and separation of the free-flow and press wines. Malolatic fermentation. Reintroduction of a portion of the press wine during the blending process. 18 months elevage : the Grenache in vat and the Syrah in barrel (new, one-year and two-year barrels).

Bottled at the Domaine in May 2013.
Prodution : 12 000 bottles

Tasting notes: 

Dark red, exhuberant nose of cocoa, spice and red fruit. Complex, ample and rich on the palate with a distinct character provided by the sandy marl terroir. The finish is mineral and bright due in part to the high-altitude vineyards.

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

16°-18°C (60°-65°F). Ideally open 2 to 3 hours prior to serving.

Roast Pigeon with grapes
Herb-roasted Rack of Lamb with summer vegetables
Porcini Risotto

Optimum maturity : 2014-2020

“The estate is owned by Gabriel Meffre and the quality continued to soar” Jeb Dunnuck – Robert Parker/The Wine Advocate

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