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.
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.
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.
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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