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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  • 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...

  • Grenache

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

  • 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...

  • Mourvèdre

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

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  • Pierre Amadieu

    Our history begins in 1929 when my grand father decides to bottle and trade under the signature P...

  • Domaine Grand Romane

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

  • Château de Saint-Cosme

    Saint Cosme - located north to the village of Gigondas - is the most ancient estate in the region...

  • Domaine Brusset

    On this family estate established in 1947, the Brusset family has managed to combine the "savoir ...

  • SCEA Jean-Pierre Cartier

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

  • Domaine des Tourelles

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

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  • AOA, I've had fun doing some side by sides with Vacqueyras, Gigondas and Cotes du Rhone Villages, although Chateauneuf du Pape can be a bit of a different beast.To compliment EMarks post above we opened the Apsara Rivers Reach Sauv Blanc this evening. This is not about grapefruit but more subtle and balanced citrus and stone fruit. There's plent... Read More

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  • I agree Mark.  Actually, I'd have been happy with some of the Italian ... ... There was a couple of Gigondas and Crozes Hermitage that were reasonable.  Not much Washington that was in my monthly paycheque! Good choice though Al.  I ownder how it compares with the Monte Bello though?  I'm still wringing my hands...there's some 2007 Monte Bell... Read More

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  • Just wanted to add in my congrats to OT for hitting triple digits, very nice!AOA, a nice GIgondas is a great start to get acquainted with S. Rhone, just be aware that it's a gateway wine to more addictive substances aka Châteauneuf-du-Pape. If you're curious or even if you're not, here's a pic I took of the "soil" that Châteauneuf-du-Pape is typ... Read More

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  • AOakA, Gigondas tends to be big, bold and high alc due to the warm climate of the Southern Rhone. Grenache also likesb to roll with the strawberry notes and bricking edges are common as it oxidizes fairly quickly compared to  other grapes. It's OK to be "generic" with pepper because that's what this grape gives you. Thanks for that OT. I love Sn... Read More

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  • Gigondas Font Sane 2011

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    Plum, dried fruit, raspberry/cherry liquor. Grenadine. Fairly bold and well balanced. Mild spice. Espresso? A tad sour on the finish but a pleasant wine over-all. I would buy it again. Read More

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  • Dove into my first bottle of Rhone wine. A friend of mine suggested Gigondas. It was a bit more than I wanted to spend ($37.99) but I am enjoying it.The color actually fits the profile for Beaujolais quite well. Blindly, I could easily mistake it for Beaujolais. However, on the edge where the wine meets the glass, it's a tad tawny which I have n... Read More

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  • First off I would like to thank the Academy...Al #1, I never understand what ... ... in the same glass.AOakA, Gigondas tends to be big, bold and high alc due to the warm climate of the Southern Rhone. Grenache also likesb to roll with the strawberry notes and bricking edges are common as it oxidizes fairly quickly compared to  other grapes. It... Read More

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  • You yellow bastard! Come back here and takes what's coming to you! I'll ... and had great wine also (a Gigondas, a Washington Syrah ($80), a '99 Barolo and a 2009 Napa Cab) and although they were very nice, none touched me the way this one did last night.  Maybe the one I had last night just made some olfactory reaction...but it was magic.http:... Read More

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  • My wife made soft tacos and all that kind of stuff. My boos and his wife came ... ... Started with a 2011 Gigondas, followed by a 1999 Barolo, then a 2010 Silverback Syrah (which was nuts!  couldn't think of a follow-up but...) then a 2009 Hendry Cab which my boss said was the wine of the night.  Chester said they were all good, and I agree. ... Read More

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  • Gigondas Vielles Vignes Domaine de Boissan 1995

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £8 on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/61048.Gigondas is an AOC created in 1971 [although wine production in the area goes back to before the Romans ] for red and rose wines around the village of that name in the southern Rhone valley.Domaine de Boissan is a large and well-established business sprea... Read More

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