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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 mild and dry winter, a spring without frost and a particularly hot summer, harvesting began several days later than 2015, with picking taking place between early to late September. During the harvest, weather conditions were truly exceptional, with warm clear days,  fresh nights and some occasional light rainfall, stretching from early September all the way until the end of October. The sanitary state of the grapes throughout the region was excellent. So, this year again, the 2016 vintage is very qualitative particularly for southern appellations.
95 pts    Vinous - Josh Raynolds
92-94 pts    Jeb Dunnuck
90 pts   The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
93pts     Wine Spectator
***(*)       Drink Rhône-Jonh Livingstone Learmonth


55% Grenache - 45 % Syrah


The Grenache vines are planted in the gravelly terraces bordering the Ouvèze river(Quaternary Period) in the western part of the appellation which provides richness, fruit and spicy notes. The Syrah vines are located in the Pourra sector, in the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. This is the eastern part of the appellation where the soil is primarily limestone and marl from the Cretaceous Period at around 400 m. in altitude, providing freshness and minerality.


Entirely manual harvest around September 19th with full destemming and crushing. Fermentation temperatures are maintained around 30°C with 28 days of maceration.  32% of the cuvée is matured in 275lt French oak Laurus barrels for 15 months and the balance in large cement vats.
Production: 5 581 bottles, 320 magnums and 15 jeroboams
Bottled on June 8th, 2018

Note de dégustation: 

"Bright violet. A highly expressive bouquet displays mineral-driven red and dark berry, exotic spice and mocha scents, and a peppery nuance adds spicy lift. Sweet, broad and penetrating on the palate, offering Chambord, cherry pie and bitter chocolate flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Concentrated but energetic as well, displaying resonating spice and floral notes on a very long, energetic, youthfully tannic finish." - August 2018.

Service & accords: 

Serve at 16-18°C. Open ideally 1h before serving
Optimum tasting: 2019 - 2028
Alc. by Vol.: 14.5%
Quail With Grapes
Capon stuffed with mushrooms

Age des vignes & rendement: 

Between 20 and 50 years. 31hl/ha.

« Gigondas, a unique setting for wines that call for sharing » – Alain Passard – 3 Stars Chef