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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  • Domaine du Grapillon d'Or

    Created for more than 5 generations ago and in the winery we have numerous old oak barrels, where...

  • Domaine Brusset

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

  • Domaine Grand Romane

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

  • Domaine des Tourelles

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

  • Château de Saint-Cosme

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

  • SCEA Jean-Pierre Cartier

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

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  • 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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  • Just bought a bottle of this at the discount grocery, since we were on the ... ... ... that compare to better Gigondas and low end CdP.  (I know, GregT, CdP is inflated and all that, but I scavenge and find basic and tasty CdP for $30 and less, and nailed down some kind of fancy stuff from Clos St. Jean (the VV bottling) for under $40.) This ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...


  • DM - as you know, it's originally from Spain in Aragon. It was the most ... started on the same path. Gigondas is probably next, then Vacqueyras and so on.Franco dies and Spain rejoins the rest of the world. Perez goes to teach at a university and meets Barbier, who thinks the region could produce great wine but most importantly, was very chea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...


  • Was hoping we could get to the point where we'd break down the good (and ... grenache we've had from:GigondasVacqueryrasLanguedoc-RousillonPrioratOther parts of SpainOz (various regions)CA central coastCA north of the BayWAOthers And also talk about why we thought some worked well and others didn't. Read More

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  • Gigondas les Grandes Serres 2010

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Clos du Bois de Menges Gigondas 2009

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Pierre Amadieu Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2005

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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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