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Gabriel Meffre


Appellation d'origine protégée

Our Gigondas « Sainte Catherine » is produced on very rare soils made of calcareous deposits, marls of the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras, sands from the Tertiary period. This results in a unique wine with smooth tannins and great aromatic potential.


After a mild and dry winter, a spring without frost and a particularly hot summer, harvesting began several days later than 2015, with the grape varieties being picked late August/ early September. During the harvest, weather conditions were truly exceptional, with warm clear days, fresh nights and some occasional light rainfall, stretching from early September all the way until the end of October. The sanitary state of the grapes throughout the region was excellent. So, this year again, the 2016 vintage is very qualitative, particularly for southern appellations.


***(*)   Drink Rhone - John Livingstone-Learmonth

91   The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker

90-92   Jeb Dunnuck

90-92   Josh Raynolds - VINOUS - "Balances richness and elegance with a steady hand and finishes long and supple..."

BRONZE MEDAL   International Wine Challenge 2018 - "Rich opulent palate..."

BRONZE MEDAILLE   DWWA - Decanter 2018



Grape Varieties: 

This Gigondas is a blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes.


The vineyards are situated on marl limestone deposits of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, with a mix of sand and clay of the Tertiary era. The climate is Mediterranean, significantly influenced by the dry Mistral wind, a high level of annual sunshine and low rainfall, concentrated mostly in the Spring and Fall seasons.


The harvest is fully manual with a strict sorting of the grapes. Fermentation lasts several weeks (4 weeks for Syrah grapes and 3 weeks for Grenache grapes) at controlled temperatures (28/30°C). This favours a generous expression of the fruit and limits the extraction of harsh tannins. Part of the cuvée is aged in barrels for 12 months.

Tasting notes: 

A deep purple colour, a nose of raspberry and cherry aromas with some delicate spicy notes (pepper and menthol). The palate is long, ample and generous with dominant floral notes and flavours of "garrigue".

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

This Gigondas marries beautifully with roasted quail and beef "tournedos" with pepper. Given its richness, it is highly recommended to serve at a cool temperature (16° to 18°C). Enjoy it now for its youthfull livelyness or over the next 6 to 10 years.

It is in homage to Catherine of Alexandria, a 4th century poet and philosopher that the church of the village of Gigondas took the name of Sainte Catherine.

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