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Gigondas

Appellation d'origine protégée

The careful selection of terroirs with specific altitudes, climates and orientations gives to our Gigondas Laurus a complex balance between finesse and minerality, richness and spicy notes.

couleur
2012
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A dry and cold winter with many days of Mistral wind, which left the vines healthy and disease-free. 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. The harvest began on the 15th September, under warm, sunny conditions.

Rewards
92   Wine Spectator
92   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
92   Vinous - Josh Raynolds
15/20   Guide Bettane & Desseauve
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Gigondas
Vintage
2012

Grape Varieties: 

  • Grenache : 60%
  • Syrah : 40%

Terroir: 

Ancient alluvial terraces from the Quaternary period of the river Ouvèze to the west of the Appellation for the Grenache.

Marly limestone soils from the Cretaceous period, in the heart of the mountains known as Dentelles de Montmirail, at 400 m of altitude for the Syrah.

Winemaking: 

Manual harvest. Grapes are immediately de-stemmed and crushed. The fermentation temperature was stabilized at 30 °C. Maceration lasted 28 days with regular punch-downs/rack-and-return operations for the Grenache and pumping over for the Syrah. 15 months of elevage for the Syrah wine in 275-litre oak Laurus barrels (new, 1 and 2 year-old barrels).

Production : 14,200 bottles
Bottled on : 17 July 2014

Tasting notes: 

Rich, dark crimson colour, almost black. Intense floral and peppery nose, with notes of plum and dark chocolate. The palate is remarkably fresh and lively with a dense fruit core, fine grained tannins and a long smooth finish. (Tasted Aug. 2014)

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

16-18 °C

Venison filet with pepper sauce.
Mallard Duck with cherries.
Capon stuffed with foie gras.

Optimum maturity: 2015-2021

« Gigondas, a unique nest for wines that invite to true communion » – Alain Passard – Michelin-starred Chef

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