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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.

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2013
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In the Southern Rhône Valley, the Winter/Spring period was quite cold, with an unstable warm/cold phenomenon in the Spring. These conditions resulted in a very poor flowering for the Grenache and an important “coulure”, or shatter, effect, resulting in a much smaller Grenache harvest than usual. The Syrah fared much better and resulted in a normal crop.

The harvest began on the 15th September.

Rewards
91   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
90   Vinous - Josh Raynolds
14,5/20   Bettane & Desseauve 2017 guide
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Gigondas
Vintage
2013

Grape Varieties: 

Grenache: 62%

Syrah: 38%

Terroir: 

- Southwest facing sector of the Grand Montmirail for the Grenaches. This terroir delivers rich and spicy wines.

- Marl and limestone soils of the Cretaceous period, in the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail for the Syrah.This terroir, at 400 meters in altitude, offers finesse and minerality.

Winemaking: 

Entirely manual havesting, followed by destemming and crushing. Stabilised temperature-controlled fermentation at 30°C. 28 days of maceration with pumping-over and rack-and-return for the Grenache and punching down for the Syrah. The Syrah is then aged in 275-liter oak Laurus barrels (1/3 new, 1/3 1-year and 1/3 2-year barrels) for 16 months.

Production :   16 200 bottles

Bottling date :  18 June 2015

Tasting notes: 

Deep dark purple, dense and bright. Full nose of black olives and spicy plum. The palate shows a lively freshness along with the dark fruit elements and firm structure. The finish is long with medium tannins that will soften with time. (Tasted Oct 2015)

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve at 16-18 °C

 

Wild Boar stew

Farm-raised capon stuffed with porcini

 

Optimum maturity: 2016-2022

ABV: 14%

Age of vines & yield: 

Between 25 and 50 years
28 hl / ha

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

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