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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  • 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...

  • Grenache

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

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  • Domaine des Tourelles

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

  • 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 du Grapillon d'Or

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

  • SCEA Jean-Pierre Cartier

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

  • Château de Saint-Cosme

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

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  • E Guigal Gigondas 2006


    The wine is a deep violet color in the glass, edging toward some nice ruby ...-gigondas.htm Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Domaine les Pallieres "Les Terraces de Diable" Gigondas 2007


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    Wine review by Nathan P

  • Domaine de Font-Sane Gigondas 2010


    A little bit of sour to finish off the fruit. Stored nicely after one day in the fridge. Just not my style...maybe better with food? Well blended. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • La Bourgeat Gigondas 2005


    Great for 18 bucks. Deep and intense. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Domaine du Grapillon d'Or Gigondas 2010


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    Wine review by Osterput

  • For March, my tasting group explored the length of the Rhône ... ... 2009Domaine de Longue Toque Gigondas 2008Par Philippe Cambie Les Halos de Jupiter Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009Les Hauts du Fief (Cave de Tain) Crozes-Hermitage 2009Jean-Luc Colombo "Terres Brulées" Cornas 2007Paul Jaboulet Aine Cote Rotie "Les Jumelles" 1995We had a few bonus win... Read More

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  • Domaine Longue Toque Gigondas 2008


    Savory truffle under bright red berry on the nose. Rich, lush and pretty aromas. Infused with herb and spice with light hints of lavender. On the palate, it's rich, luscious and driven by red berry. Some suggestions of truffle. Savory wine and very nice. Great structure and balance. It's pretty and it lingers nicely.94 pts.3/9/13 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Vignerons de Caractere Gigondas Cuvée Prestige 2010


    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

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  • Pierre Henri Morel Gigondas 2010


    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

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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2010


    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

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