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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.
91pts   Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
93pts - Silver  Decanter
15.5/20   Jancis Robinson
90pts    Wine Enthusiast
3*    Drink Rhone - John Livingstone-Learmonth
91pts   Vinous Media - Josh Raynolds


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

Note de dégustation: 

"Violets and raspberries perfume this soft, pretty wine full of sun-kissed berry and cherry flavors." - Wine Enthusiast, March 2018

Service & accords: 

Serve at around 15°/16°. 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 des vignes & rendement: 

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.