Gigondas Red

Soil type

Ancient alluvia, red clay and gravel on the slopes

Grape variety

65% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah.

Average age of vines

40 years.

Winemaking

Traditional with lengthy maceration.

Ageing

2 years in oak foudres of which 50% is new oak.

Average yield

30Hl/ hectare.

Average annual production

260.000 bottles.

Tasting

Eye : Purple.
Nose : Intense nose dominated by peach and apricot with liquorice and notes of undergrowth.
Palate : Generous, powerful and full-bodied with a long elegant finish.
Overall : A frank attack, racy with soft tannic structure.

Vintages 2007

 

Wine Advocate #191 - Oct 2010

Score : (92-94)

The best Gigondas from Guigal that I have ever tasted will certainly be the 2007, which is still aging in tank and large wood vats. His general blend here is about 55-60% Grenache, around one-third Mourvedre and the rest Syrah. This remarkable Gigondas is scheduled to be bottled within the next several months. Dense plum/purple, with notes of garrigue, crushed rock, blueberry, and black raspberries, the wine is full-bodied, with stunning purity, a multi-layered texture, and a long finish. It should drink nicely for 10-15+ years. Drink: 2010 - 2025. Robert Parker.

 

Wine Spectator - Feb 28, 2011

Score: 91

Perfumed, with nicely integrated grip that focuses the lovely mulled plum, black currant, licorice snap and black tea notes. The long, silky finish features a lingering hint of iron. Drink now through 2014. 9,000 cases made. James Molesworth.


Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Jan 11

Score : 89

Ruby-red. Musky, complex aromas of raspberry preserves, smoked meat, rose oil and smoky herbs. Dense and fleshy, offering fully ripe red fruit flavors and an exotic note of candied flowers. Quite dense in the style of the vintage, with ripe red fruits clinging on the finish. Josh Raynolds.

 

Guides Bettane & Desseauve des Vins de France

Score : 17/20

Fruits noir, cuir et épices fortes (girofle), grande générosité en bouche, avec une finale sur le tabac, et surtout une grande fraîcheur qui souligne des tanins bien droits. Splendide !


 

Consumption

A boire

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

10 years

Food and wine matching

Red meat, game and cheese.
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