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Domaine de Longue Toque

Gigondas Lieu-dit Les Trois Yeux

Appellation d'origine protégée

The Dentelles de Montmirail mountains, a rare geological formation, offers a unique soil to the area called "Les Trois Yeux" by combining phenomena of tertiary and secondary eras.

couleur
2018
Balanced & Aromatic
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2018 was atypical in many ways. This vintage required a constant presence from the vineyards to the cellar. After a mild Winter, the wet and rainy Spring gave way to a beautiful Summer, favouring a very healthy development of the vines. September then ushered in an Indian Summer that proved to be more than ideal for the harvest, with cool nights an warm, sunny days. The harvest lasted for a total of 8 weeks, under ideal climatic conditions. The result is a generous and elegant vintage with a particularly aromatic profile and a superb balance.
Rewards
94 pts - Wine Enhtusiast "Editor's choice"
93 pts - Jeb Dunnuck
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Gigondas Lieu-dit Les Trois Yeux
Vintage
2018

Grape Varieties: 

95% Grenache and 5% Syrah, from massale selections.

Terroir: 

The place called "les Trois Yeux" is located at 450 meters of altitude in the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains, of which it is an emblematic terroir. The soil is composed of limestone scree (Quaternary), slightly altered, covering marls with clayey limestone layers of the Valanginian (Cretaceous period). The altitude, the north-west orientation of the plots, the particular structure of the soil (draining surface and a subsoil allowing for good water retention and its restitution to the plant) and the wooded environment deliver a "northern" expression of the appellation with lot of freshness, elegance and finesse.

Winemaking: 

Harvest took place between 25 September and 3rd October 2018 followed by manual sorting and full destemming.Pumping-over during the fermentation phase and infusion, punching down and maceration for 25 days.  Settling of free-run and press wines, malolactic fermentation and reincorporation of press wine after tasting. Aged for 16 months in one-year ½ muids (600lt) barrel.
Bottled on April, 22,2020. 1 665 bottles produced.
Vegan Friendly

Tasting notes: 

"It reveals a translucent ruby/purple color, it has a beautiful perfume of spiced strawberries, framboise, Provençal garrigue, and peppery spice. These all carry to a medium-bodied Gigondas that has a wonderful sense of elegance and a great finish." Jeb Dunnuck, october 2020

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve between 13 and 15°C. Open a few hours before tasting.
Tasting Optimum: 2023 - 2038.
ABV: 15.5%
Rack of lamb with candied eggplants
Deer tenderloin with porcini mushrooms

Age of vines & yield: 

10 years on average - 16hl/ha

"Domaine de Longue Toque has been on a roll of late and savvy consumers need to check out these wines" – Jeb Dunnuck

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