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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
2018
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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, favoring a perfect growth of the grapes. September then ushered in an Indian Summer that proved to be more than ideal for the harvest with cool nights and warm & sunny days. The grapes were harvested for a total of 8 weeks at optimal maturity and under ideal climatic conditons. The result is an elegant vintage with a particularly aromatic profile and a superbe balance.
Rewards
15,5/20  Jancis Robinson
90pts     The Wine Advocate
90pts     Wine Enthusiast
89-91pts Jeb Dunnuck
etiquette
Gigondas
Vintage
2018

Grape Varieties: 

This Gigondas is a blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes.

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. 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.

Winemaking: 

The harvest was fully manual with a strict sorting of the grapes. Fermentation lasted 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.
Vegan Friendly.

Tasting notes: 

« … the Gigondas Sainte Catherine delivers raspberries  and cherries with hints of citrus zest and spice. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and potent, it adds hints of mocha, leather and dark chocolate on the finish but stays lively.» November 2020, The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker

 

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Marries beautifully with roasted quail and beef "tournedos" with pepper. Given its richness, it is highly recommended to serve at a cool temperature (13° to 15°C). Enjoy it now for its youthfull livelyness or over the next 8 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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