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...

  • Mourvèdre

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

  • Grenache

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • SCEA Jean-Pierre Cartier

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

  • Gigondas La Cave

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

  • DOMAINE DE LAGARDETTE

    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 des Bosquets

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

  • Domaine des Tourelles

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

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  • Vignerons de Caractere Gigondas Cuvée Prestige 2010

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    Spicy, brambly red berry nose with aromas of white pepper and salty minerals. Some light brush. Crushed stone. Vibrant acid on the palate with bright, youthful berry fruit. Flavors of bramble, blackberry, raspberry, some plum, lavender and violet with light hints of pepper and minerals. Salty, savory finish. Zesty red berry lingers. Nice ... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Pierre Henri Morel Gigondas 2010

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    Inky and big alcohol on the nose. Very tight. On the palate, dark plum, currant and blackberry with bay leaf and alder notes. Finishes with some black tea. Very dry, big and tight. Expect it to really be good in 1-2 years more. 88 pts.1/12/13 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2010

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    The nose here is fine and focused if entirely dominated by the aromas of crushed blackberry, boysenberry and blueberry fruit. On the palate this is low, broad and extracted with dark fruit and powerfully woody tannins that saturate the palate and cut the finish short. This wine lacks balance and is dominated by unpleasant tannins and extracted f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Montvac Gigondas Adage 2009

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    Full bodied with plenty of black fruit, tannins and spice. Read More

    Wine review by recusker


  • Domaine les Pallières Red Rhone Blend Gigondas Terrasse du Diable 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Barberolo


  • Domaine la Bouissiere Gigondas le Font de Tonin 2005

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    Wine review by Barberolo


  • Santa-Duc Domaine Gigondas Hautes Garrigues Prestige Fc 2004

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    Wine review by Barberolo


  • Faraud Gigondas Domaine du Cayron Rhone 2005

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    Wine review by Barberolo


  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Barberolo


  • For those interested...I have a couple of bottles of the top wine, wow my 1st ... Barton, and 2010 St. Cosme Gigondas, though production is relatively high for both of these wines also.10. Achával-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza Finca Bella Vista 20109. Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 20078. Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley... Read More

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