Taste Pronounced By Nature
The Gigondas appellation covers the 12.30 square kilometers of vineyards in the town of Gigondas (Vaucluse), at the foot of the famous Dentelles de Montmirail.
The terroir is divided into two production areas: the slopes of the massif, sandy soils on limestone and marl subsoils, and the high terrace of the Ouvèze (a tributary of the Rhône), with stony soils. It is one of the sub-regions of the South Rhône wine region, Southern France. Suppose the climate is clearly the Mediterranean on the latter, with average to low rainfall and high temperatures during very sunny summers. It is influenced by the altitude on the Dentelles de Montmirail, with more freshness and rapid changes in time. The grape harvest is also delayed by two weeks due to the late maturity of the grapes.
Bold Aromatic Wines
The grape variety as a whole favors Grenache, with the addition of the equally classic grape varieties of the southern Rhône Valley, Syrah and Mourvèdre. With its 3,900,000 liters of red wines (the production of rosés remains confidential), AOC Gigondas produces wines known as powerful, robust, tannic, and high in alcohol, which remind us that Châteauneuf-du-Pape is not far away. Their nose is full of spices and a perfume of black olives, and their dark dress.
They are very good wines of the guard that a decade of years sublimate. The Gigondas have built their solid reputation on the wines from the Ouvèze rolled stone terraces, among others, thanks to the more remarkable aromatic finesse and the subtle touch of acidity that this terroir brings them.
A part of the important features of Gigondas appellation for red wines are as follows:
- Soil: sandy soils on limestone and stony soils.
- Taste: Powerful, robust, tannic, and high in alcohol.
- Wine color: Red.
- Aromas: Full of spices and perfume of black olives, and their dark dress.
- Aging potential: 2 – 7 years.
- Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C