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Gigondas

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

couleur
2017
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2017 is a promissing vintage of the past few years with wines that are particularly elegant and harmonious, with superb, concentrated aromas and a solid ageing potential. The weather conditions during the growing season were difficult and extreme, resulting in a challenging task at harvest time. The high temperatures and almost total lack of rainfall since Springtime brought the harvest date forward by almost 10 days in many regions. Although these extreme conditions impacted heavily on the size of the harvest, with one of the smallest in the last 60 years, the quality is exceptional.
Rewards
***(*)            Drink Rhône-John Livingstone Learmonth
92-94 pts    Jeb Dunnuck
90-92 pts   The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
93 pts Wine Spectator
93-94 Vinous - Josh Raynolds

 

etiquette
Gigondas
Vintage
2017

Grape Varieties: 

50% Grenache, 45 % Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre

Terroir: 

The Grenache and the Mourvèdre 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.

Winemaking: 

Entirely manual harvest around September 20th with full destemming and crushing. Fermentation temperatures are maintained around 30°C with 28 days of maceration.  30% of the cuvée is matured in 275lt French oak Laurus barrels for 15 months.

Tasting notes: 

"Intense notes of mulberries, crushed flowers, violets, and hints of exotic, tropical fruits all give way to medium to full-bodied, rounded, textured, straight up Provençal beauty that has loads to love. It's going to drink nicely right out of the gate yet also evolve gracefully" Jeb Dunnuck - September 2019

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve at 16-18°C. Open ideally 1h before serving
Optimum tasting: 2019 - 2029
 
Leg of lamb with flower of thyme
Roast pigeon with ceps

 

Age of vines & yield: 

Between 20 and 50 years. 24hl/ha.

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

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