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Gabriel Meffre

Gigondas

Appellation d'origine protégée

Our Gigondas « Sainte Catherine » is produced on very rare soils made of calcareous deposits, marls of the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras, sands from the Tertiary period. This results in a unique wine with smooth tannins and great aromatic potential.

Gigondas
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2012
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2012 was marked by an short episode of very intense frost followed by a wet spring and a dry summer allowing a healthy crop, later and smaller in size than 2011. The result is a very balanced vintage, fresh and aromatic with vibrant colour and complex aromas of tobacco and olive tapenade for the Syrah. The Grenaches are round and sweet with notes of ripe strawberry and plum.

Rewards
90   Wine Spectator
90   The Vancouver Sun Wine Critic - Anthony Gismondi
92   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
91   Vinous - Josh Raynolds
OR   Decanter
15.5/20 Jancis Robinson
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Gigondas
Vintage
2012

Terroir: 

This Gigondas is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. The vineyards are situated on marl limestone deposits of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, with a mix of sand and clay of the Tertiary era. The climate is Mediterranean, significantly influenced by the dry Mistral wind, a high level of annual sunshine and low rainfall, concentrated mostly in the Spring and Fall seasons.

Winemaking: 

The harvest is fully manual with a strict sorting of the grapes. Fermentation lasts approximately 3 weeks with temperatures limited to a maximum of 28° to 30° C. This favours an generous expression of the fruit and limits the extraction of harsh tannins. 35% of the cuvée is placed to oak barrels of one and two years for 11 months of maturing before being blended back with the vat-aged portion.

Tasting notes: 

A deep aubergine robe, an intense black-fruit nose of plums and dark cherry and a full, intense presence on the palate. A thread of garrigue (rosemary, thyme, juniper) spice runs from start to finish, which is long and generous.

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

This Gigondas marries beautifully with stews (Boeuf Bourguignon, Rabbit Ragou), grilled steak and soft, ripe cheese. Given its richness, it is highly recommended to serve at a cool temperature (16° to 18° C). Can be appreciated now for its youthfull livelyness or enjoyed over the next 6 to 8 years.

It is in homage to Catherine of Alexandria, a 4th century poet and philosopher that the church of the village of Gigondas took the name of Sainte Catherine.

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