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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Cinsault

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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  • DOMAINE DE LAGARDETTE

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

  • Château de Saint-Cosme

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

  • Domaine Grand Romane

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

  • Pierre Amadieu

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

  • Gigondas La Cave

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

  • Domaine Brusset

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

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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

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine du Grand Montmirail Gigondas 2011

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    The wine is a deep ruby in the glass, with nice clarity. The nose is wonderful,with great fruit notes of black cherry and plum overlaid with some lovely spice notes of black pepper and lavender, with just a hint of leather. The taste is a blast of ripe red fruit, cherries, raspberries and plum, with some pronounced floral notes, that transitio... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Domaine du Pesquier Gigondas 2000

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... for £20.Gigondas is an AOC created in 1971 [although wine production goes back to before the Romans] for red and rose wines around the village of that name in the southern Rhone valley. Domaine du Pesquier has been owned by the Boutiere family for four generations and consists of 24 hecta... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • No reason Fox, it's just that I never spent a whole weekend drinking ... ... ... but Syrah. I like that Gigondas and will probably open something similar in a few minutes as it is Bastille Day today and I should have something Frenc Read More

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  • Oh, crap, I posted on the doozy thing on your other thread.It rained in Santa ... ... Thurs.GT, seriously, the Gigondas would be my pleasure.  After all, you and Eric G were so generous in NYC, not to mention that you got me in at VinItaly a couple years back.  Having the right people to share with is what it's about.  And we will be drinking ... Read More

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  • Fox - the Gigondas is fine but I don't want you to go through all that and also supply wine!  I'll bring some wine. Was thinking of bringing a few Syrahs since that's the theme for the weekend. Napa, Australia and France. I won't be able to get to storage in time to get anything from somewhere else.OT - thanks for the weather forecast. What is t... Read More

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  • Okay, things are certainly heating up here.  So now I'm bringing four ... ... 2005 Santa Duc Prestige Gigondas.  Allegedly this bottle could last 25 years, but nine seems old enough and my storage is not perfect.  Hoping that changes soo Read More

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  • Mas des Collines Vacqueyras Red Rhone 2007

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Hey edwilly - haven't seen you around for a while. I know you know this, ... good examples. These days, Gigondas is what CdP used to be and that's what Hermitage used to be, so the Rhone, particularly the S. Rhone, is getting really expensive for what you get. I'm drinking through my CdP 98s and 2000s now and wishing I burned them earlier. The... Read More

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  • I'm also a fan of Rhone wines, even preferring them to Bordeaux when it ... ... it comes to reds. I love Gigondas and especially wines from Domaine Santa Duc and their excellent Prestiges des Hautes Garrigues. Don't get me wrong - all syrah wines are great. However, I think that there is much to be said for the S. Rhone.If you like Sonoma syra... Read More

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