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Appellation d'origine protégée

The careful selection of terroirs with specific altitudes, climates and orientations gives to our Gigondas Laurus a complex balance between finesse and minerality, richness and spicy notes.


After a somewhat damp and wet winter, Spring was particularly dry and warm. The vegetative cycle took a leap forward, hinting at a potentially early harvest. Then Summer arrived with quite a lot of rain and cool temperatures, slowing down the ripening process. Finally, an Indian Summer set in around the end of August/beginning of September, allowing the maturities to progress while maintaining very good acidity. A generous harvest which commenced on the 12th September 2014 with the Syrah.


91   Robert Parker - Wine Advocate

93 - Silver  Decanter

15.5/20   Jancis Robinson

90-92   Vinous - Josh Raynolds

90    Wine Enthusiast

3*    Drink Rhone - John Livingstone-Learmonth

91/100   Vinous Media - Josh Raynolds


Grape Varieties: 

60% Grenache

40% Syrah


Grenache grapes come from ancient gravelly terraces bording the Ouvèze river (Quaternary period) at the West of the appellation (strength, fruity and spicy notes). The Syrah is produced in the “Pourra” sector at the East, on a soil of limestone and marl from the Cretaceous period (freshness and minerality).


Entirely manual havesting, followed by full destemming and crushing. Stabilised temperature-controlled fermentation at 30°C. 28 days of maceration with pumping-over and rack-and-return for the Grenache and punching down and rack-and-return for the Syrah. The Syrah is then aged in 275-liter Laurus oak barrels (new barrels and 1-year barrels) for 15 months.

Production:   19 078 bottles
Bottling date:  23 June 2016

Tasting notes: 

"Dark ruby. Blackberry liqueur, lavender and white pepper on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy and open-knit, offering powerful dark fruit flavors and an exotic touch of apricot. Closes velvety and sweet, with rounded tannins and strong, fruity persistence." - Josh Raynolds - Vinous, February 2016

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve at around 16° to 18°. Recommend opening an hour before serving.
Best enjoyed between 2017 and 2023
Alc. by vol.  14%


Duck breast with green pepper sauce

Roasted pigoen from La Lance mountain (Drôme department)

Age of vines & yield: 

Average of 32 to 50 years

Nestled between Gigondas & Beaumes de Venise, at the foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail, Vacqueyras was one of the firts villages to be recognized for the quality of its wines in 1955, prior to being awarded “Cru des Côtes du Rhône” status in 1990.

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