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Gabriel Meffre

Gigondas

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.

couleur
2017
description_recompenses
The 2017 is a promissing vintage. Wines are particularly elegant and harmonious, with superb, concentrated aromas and a solid ageing potential. The weather conditions during the growing season were difficult and extreme, resulting in a challenging task at harvest time. The high temperatures and almost total lack of rainfall since Springtime brought the harvest date forward by almost 10 days in many regions. Although these extreme conditions impacted heavily on the size of the harvest, with one of the smallest in the last 60 years, the quality is exceptional.
Rewards

90-93    Jeb Dunnuck

91-93   The Wine Advocate

15,5/20  Jancis Robinson

***(*)   Drink Rhone

91-92 Vinous - Josh Raynolds

etiquette
Gigondas
Vintage
2017

Grape Varieties: 

Grenache and Syrah.

Terroir: 

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.

Winemaking: 

Manual harvest. Fermentation lasts several weeks: 4 weeks for Syrah grapes and 3 weeks for Grenache grapes at controlled temperatures (28/30°C). Part of the cuvée is aged in barrels and in tanks for 12 months.
What is notable for the 2017 vintage: given the very high temperatures during the harvest period, the challenge was to preserve all the aromatic potential and freshness of the grapes. Therefore we harvested very early in the morning and were able to use cooling facilities in the cellar if the temperature of the grapes exceeded 20°C when arriving in the winery.
Vegan Friendly.

Tasting notes: 

"The 2017 Gigondas Sainte-Catherine is a different beast and is more pretty, fresh, and Burgundian, with complex notes of strawberries, violets, sappy garrigue, and pepper. It’s complex, medium-bodied, has ultra-fine tannins, and a great finish." Jeb Dunnuck, September 2019

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

This Gigondas marries beautifully with roast pigeon with raisins and a tart garnished with porcini and wild mushrooms mousse. 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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