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.
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.
"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.