'Hommage à Gabriel Meffre' is produced as a tribute to our founder, a great visionary and emblematic figure of Gigondas and the French winemaking world. Only produced in vintages in which the grapes achieve exceptional balance and concentration, the selected parcels of 60 to 100-year-old Grenache vines are located in the area of "Petit Montmirail" (alt. 200m), on sandy marl of the Oligocène period. This Grenache/Terroir combination is unique within the Gigondas appellation.
75% of the harvest was vinied with whole bunches. Aged in 1/2 muids barrels (600l), during 19 months.
Manual harvest on September 24th, 2016.
Bottled on April 23rd, 2018: 2 959 bottles, 563 magnums and 6 jéroboams produced.
"The 2016 Gigondas Hommage À Gabriel Meffre is sensational stuff and one of the gems in this great, great vintage. Gorgeous black raspberries, cassis, crushed flowers, and pepper all flow to a full-bodied, powerful, yet incredibly seamless and sexy Gigondas that has ultra-fine tannin, no hard edges, and a blockbuster finish. It's a big, rich wine, yet the buzzwords are elegance and purity."
Service & food pairing suggestions:
Serve at 16-18°C and open a few hours before drinking.
Optimum maturity: 2018 through 2030.
Roasted pork with thyme
Rib of beef in salt crust
Autumn vegetable pie
Age of vines & yield:
72 years on average. 30hl.