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

  • Domaine Brusset

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

  • Domaine du Grapillon d'Or

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

  • Domaine des Bosquets

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

  • Pierre Amadieu

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

  • SCEA Jean-Pierre Cartier

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

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  • Gigondas Font Sane 2011


    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

    Wine review by A Oak A

  • 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


    I bought this bottle of wine for £8 on the website 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


    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


    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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