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Domaine de Longue Toque

Gigondas

Appellation d'origine protégée

The Gigondas wines of Domaine de Longue Toque spread out on 18ha, from the ancient alluvial terraces of the Ouvèze river to the limestone screes of the Dentelles de Montmirail. This diversity of soils gives birth to a voluptuous and elegant wine

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2016
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After a particularly mild and dry winter, the spring without frost or hail, helped the basements to make good water reserves before the arrival of the sun, which was very hot that summer. These conditions allowed optimum fruit growth. The rain fell in late August and was miraculous just before the harvest. This water supply resulted in a perfectly balanced maturity. So, this year again, the 2016 vintage is very qualitative particularly for southern appellations.

Rewards

95 pts    Jeb Dunnuck

93 pts    Wine Spectator

92 pts    Robert Parker - Wine Advocate

92 pts    Wine Enthusiast

91-93 pts   Vinous - Josh Raynolds

****(*)    Drink Rhône

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Gigondas
Vintage
2016

Grape Varieties: 

65% Grenache - 26% Syrah - 9% Mourvèdre

Terroir: 

Grenache from the "Montmirail" sector in the Southwest part of the appellation. This terroir, located at 200 meters high, is mostly sandy marl from the Oligocene period. Syrah comes from the "Pourra" sector in the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail at 400 meters of altitude on marl from the Cretaceous period covered with limestone scree, providing elegance and minerality.

Winemaking: 

Manual harvest from 21st September 2016. Grapes were destemmed and crushed. A 25-day maceration period with regular punch-downs and pump-overs. Temperatures are maintained arounf 28° to 30°C. Runoff and separation of the free-flow and press wines. Malolactic fermentation. Re-introduction of a portion of the press wine during the blending process. 19 months maturation in French oak barrels, "demi-muid" (600lt) and vat .

Bottled on 24th April 2018. 12 728 bottles, 270 magnums and 10 jéroboams produced.

Tasting notes: 

A deep purple/ruby color is followed by sensational notes of black raspberries, toasted spice, crushed flowers, and hints of barrique. Seamless, full-bodied, and layered on the palate, it never puts a foot wrong, has a great mid-palate, ripe tannins, and is easily the finest vintage of this cuvée to date. In short, it's a blockbuster that readers should snatch up!" Jeb Dunnuck - September 2018

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve at 16°- 18°C - Open ideally 3h prior to tasting

Optimum tasting period: 2019 - 2028
Alc. by Vol.: 15% vol.

 

Roasted Bresse capon

Boeuf bourguignon

Age of vines & yield: 

Grenache : 53 years - Syrah : 17 years

29hl/ha in average

"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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