Gigondas is the most exciting village in the Southern Rhône at the moment and certainly one of the most attractive to visit. The etymology of its name (the Latin jocunditas , means ‘merry city') hints at an approach to life which is not without its merits.
Jean-Baptiste Meunier took over this ancient family estate (dating from 1670, it is even older than Berry Bros. & Rudd!) in 1988 and has quietly brought it to its current size of nine hectares, with some of the Grenache…
…Eric Saurel, biodynamic pioneers in the Southern Rhône, are relatively large land owners in two of the more modish of the ‘named' villages, Gigondas and Vacqueyras, where their holdings cover 16 and 34 hectares respectively. The advantages of such a pioneering spirit become clearer and clearer as the vines reach maturity and the wines resonate an intangible quality described memorably by Christine as ‘ luminosité' .
Gigondas is smoother, softer, has more finesse than some of the more muscular neighbors in the Southern Rhône , especially Châteauneuf-du-Pape. As one producer at the dinner, a woman I hasten to add, explained to me " Gigondas is a more feminine wine, smooth fruit, not so hard to drink."
Well, you wouldn't expect a wine like this, a wine that's so approachable, so accessible when young, to age with dignity and grace, but at this eye-opening dinner, one Gigondas …
Dark cherry hue with aromas of sweet red berry and sour pie cherry further in the glass. There is a nearly perfumey note in this nice bouquet with a suggestion of leather.
Palate is surprisingly supple structure with a candy like sweet presence of red berry and maybe some light cherry. There is an interesting but elusive creamy "something" near the rear and finishes nicely with a lasting pleasantness.
spiced-cedar and earthy notes (*** 1/2+) 2010 Gigondas - " Cote Jugunda" ($29.95)
gritty mouthfeel with cassis and blackberry and white pepper on the finish
this is a very feminine wine; not muscular and fat (****+) 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape - " Cotes Capelan" ($63.00)
- Made from 150 year old vines -
rich red fruit with vanilla, cocoa and spice
…Grenache but this 33-33-33 blend of GSM just torches most CDP and even Gigondas, if that is still a thing anymore. This wine has all the cooling blue fruits I associate with Syrah, incredible stoney minerality and a structural backbone like few wines I have encountered. This is not the light, Grenache based Cairanne that is an "ok" value, this is one of the best wines of the Southern Rhone. Period. End. It can be had for between $40-$60 a bottle, depending on where you purchase …
A deep, full-bodied, minerally, fully-mature and smooth red. Think of this as a Spanish Gigondas from a very warm vintage.
Almost jet black, fully saturated color . . . ruby adds the highlights to the black, rather than the other way around. Striking, low-toned nose of a squished carton of uber-ripe blackberries, whisked together with crushed stones and a hint of dark baking spices. Massively rich in the mouth, with dark, brooding flavors of dark stones and blackberry syrup/skin extract. …
…seemed like they might be a little light for the shanks. The French Rhone wines, a Gigondas from Bernard and a Cotes du Rhone from St. Cosme definitely would have been a great choice, but we couldn't resist a pair of Glencorrie Cabs from the 2006 and 2007 vintages. Same vineyards, same vintner, two radically different wines.
The 2007 with a higher percentage of Gamache fruit, was lighter, fruitier, more forward, easier to drink, but not as complex and serious as the 2006 which …
…Alexandria. From Chateau de Saint Cosme, established in Gigondas in the Northern Rhone in 1570. Pale straw gold; pears, yellow plums and a touch of peach, some astringent little white flower nestled in a briery hedge; fig and thyme, hint of caramelized fennel; very dry, very crisp and taut, a bit of greengage and grass. Highly unusual, really appealing. Very Good+. About $ 14, making Great Value .
A tiny estate based in Gigondas, Domaine des Espiers is run by winemaker Phillipe Cartoux who founded the estate in 1989 while in his early 20s. The work in winery is one of those esoteric old-meets-new kind of vibes, a phrase that generally means little, but kind of insinuates he is looking for greater purity [...]