Gigondas Wine

 

Gigondas is a village and wine appellation in the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains in France. This is an all red wine-producing region, with roots in ancient Roman culture (at a time when white wine was also made here). The name derives from the Latin Jocunditas, which means “great pleasure,” as it had been a sort of vacation haven for Roman soldiers. Wine production enjoyed a quiet growth through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance. A Gigondas won a prestigious gold medal at an agricultural fair in Paris in 1894. However, for much of the 1800s and early 1900s, the juice was often sent to other parts of France to bulk out weaker wines. Quality has improved greatly since then. It became an official Cotes du Rhone Villages AOC in the 1950s, and struck out to become its own AOC in 1971.
 
The vineyards are situated high into the Montmirail slopes, with limestone soils in some parts and sandier, more free-draining soils in others. It’s noticeably cooler than nearby Read more »

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  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Cinsault

    History of the grape: Cinsau(l)t has been growing in Southern France for centuries. In the Rhone and Languedoc region...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • SCEA Jean-Pierre Cartier

    Gigondas, du latin Jucunditas qui signifie joie et allégresse, est un ancien village fortifié. L...

  • DOMAINE DE LAGARDETTE

    For five generations the Meunier family has devoted itself to caring for the vines on the upper g...

  • Domaine des Tourelles

    The origin ot Domaine des Tourelles goes back to the 19th century joining the history of Lebanon'...

  • Domaine Grand Romane

    Since several generations our family is linked to Gigondas. Owner of 7 hectares (17 acres) near t...

  • Gigondas La Cave

    In the heart of the old village of Gigondas, discover a sunny and original Tasting Cellar, with o...

  • Domaine des Bosquets

    "My family, which was originally based in Gigondas in the region of the Vaucluse, has been cultiv...

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  • Nebbiolo is a challenge to grow elsewhere, but that's because it's a ... a ... Meffre (winemakers in Gigondas) nails Parker for not tasting blind.  Why doesn't he taste blind?  Because even when he knows what 15 wines he will be tasting, the man who remembers every wine he ever drank cannot get them right,  cannot even tell merlot-dominant fr... Read More

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  • Gigondas la Cave "La Reference" Gigondas 2009

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    Crap - this developed into a stellar wine. From a relatively shy youngster to a bold, enthusiastic adult this was fantastic. Smokey oak, blackberry and a smattering of red berry fruits, roses, spice and green vegtal characteristics lead to a full fruity, spicey palate that is shock full of tannins and juicy acidity leading to lingering, fruity f... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Gigondas la Cave "La Reference" Gigondas 2009

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    Wine review by dlpugh


  • Speaking of drinking and eating cheaply, we brought Burger King burgers / ... ... ... de Saint Cosme from the Gigondas appellation) to enjoy just a small glass as we settle down for the evening.  It's slightly tart on my tongue and probably a bit too tannic but not all that bad. &nbs Read More

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  • Yes, indeed. Getting lubricated is what we are good at.  My place in ... ... ... instead I drank a 2009 Gigondas from Cecile Chassagne with our homemade mac and cheese last night.  Absolutely nothing specia Read More

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  • Auguste Bessac Gigondas 2009

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    The Mediterranean world of Gigondas is evident from the first scent of the wine; the redolence of dried grape, sage and spiny scrub which is deep with warm wind at harvest. This Grenache-dominant wine has good tannic structure (backbone) and Aussie-like (Barossa) depth. Powerful - like a good Gigondas should be. Serve with heavy dishes and BB... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine Raspail-Ay Red Rhone Blend Gigondas 2010

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    This review is for the 2012 vintage. It's a really nice smooth and balanced blend with fruit notes and a subtle finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Gigondas Domaine du Grapillon Dor 2008

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    Wine review by Dave Mooty


  • Second event for today - Holiday Cheese & Wine Class at Cheesetique in ... ... ... and the 2013 St. Cosme Gigondas.  We'll lay the latter one down for a few years. &nbs Read More

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