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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
couleur
2012
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A dry and cold Winter with many days of Mistral wind which left the vines healthy and diseasefree. Followed a very wet Spring which pushed back the flowering by 2 weeks. The summer months were hot allowing for an excellent concentration of the grapes. Harvest started the 22nd September for the Syrahs and the 8th October for the Grenaches.

Rewards
91   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
91   Vinous - Josh Raynolds
14/20   Guide Bettane & Desseauve
OR   Guide Hachette
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Gigondas
Vintage
2012

Grape Varieties: 

  • 50% Grenache
  • 50% Syrah (from 2 terroirs: 33% «Montmirail», 17% «La Jasse»)

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 24-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 on May 21st, 2014.

Prodution : 9.990 bottles

Tasting notes: 

Intense red, exhuberant nose of vanilla, spice and red fruit. Complex, ample and rich on the palate with a distinct character provided by the Montmirail terroir. The finish is long and mineral.

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

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

Roast Quail with grapes
Roast Venison with apples
Porcini Risotto

Optimum maturity : 2014-2022

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

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