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Gigondas, Cru des Côtes-du-rhône Right in the middle of the triangle making up the towns of Carpentras, Orange and Vaison-la-Romaine is the village of Gigondas. Once known as « Jucunditas » which in Latin means joy and jubilation. A village therefore whose destiny was to cultivate vines and make wine and hence led to the development of authentic winemaking traditions for the following two thousand years. In fact the ﬁrst ever vineyards can be traced back to veterans of the Second Roman Legion and founders of the « Colonia Julia Arausio » who were based in the town of Orange during the 1st century B. . As evidence there are still Gallo oman vats in the wine cellars ofGigondas, omaine de Saint osme. ses millésimes At the end of the 1 th century, following2015 the plagues phylloxera which : un of millésime d’excellence attacked vines all over France, olive groves were planted in Gigondas to replace the diseased vines. But even the olive trees couldn’t survive the terrible frosts in the winters of 1 2 and 1 . They were therefore replaced once again by vines at the beginning of the 1 0s. And today the same vines still dominate the hills of Gigondas. Under the inﬂuence of Eugène aspail, vine cultivation took on a more agronomical and organised dimension. If vines have always preferred the soils of Gigondas, the wine itself didn’t gain recognition until 1 1 when it obtained the appellation Gigondas, Cru des Côtes du Rhône ». For two two thousand thousandyears, years,thethe village in heart the heart the Dentelles de village in the of theof entelles de MontMontmirail mainly wines. Today,more morethan than200 200 winemakers mirail lived lived mainly fromfrom its its wines. Today, continue this tradition.
Maison du Gigondas 8 rue du fond du sac, 84 190 Gigondas Tel. : +33 (0)4 90 37 79 60 Fax : +33 (0)4 90 65 82 91 Contact : Deborah PERRIN +33 (0)7 77 90 01 70 Email : [email protected] Gigondas sur la toile : www.gigondas-vin.com / www.facebook.com/gigondas.rhonevalley @ Gigondaswines @AOCGigondas
Gigondas, its terroir The Gigondas vineyard stretches over a surface area of 1220 hectares (3,014 acres). It only covers the rural district of Gigondas, which in turn is part of the Vaucluse region, located in the South-Eastern part of the Rhône Valley vineyard. Its natural limits follow the line made by the Dentelles de Montmirail to the East, the Ouvèze River to the West, the Trignon torrent in the North and the hills leading down from the Dentelles to the South.
Gigondas, the magic of limestone This vineyard is unique in its diversity. Gigondas appellation wines begin on the plateau at an altitude of 100m, gently climbing up around the village to ﬁnish with abrupt slopes of up to 500m high on the areas around the Dentelles de Montmirail; incredible pyramids of grey calcareous rocks cutting the Provençal blue sky. The Dentelles de Montmirail were formed by the sea over 200 million years ago. Rising to 630m at the Rocher du Turc, they are a rich example of geological history. They are a combination of long periods of sedimentation and of the tectonic period. Situated on the fault known as the “Nîmes Fault”, the Dentelles mountain range emerged at the same time as the Pyrenees Mountain and the Alps. This geological originality is very rare in the Rhône Valley. The resulting soils produce structured and unique terroirs for very complex wines.
This tormented geology induces very extreme exposure and the Dentelles are the principal vector of the very important microclimate. With a Southern French climate renowned for its contrasts, it endures the summer heat and violent Mistral winds. With the abrupt wall produced by the Dentelles emerging from the plain, the Dentelles produce ascending and descending breezes which temper any extreme temperatures of a hot and dry climate. For the majority of the Gigondas vineyard, the West to North-West exposure gives perfect ventilation and helps avoid the excessive summer temperatures.
Gigondas, it wines Area under under cultivation cultivation2015: 2013:1213 1215haha 2017: 1195 Production 2013:40,884 29,703hlhl 2017: 31,156 Production 2015: Yield 2015: 2013: 33.5 24.43 hl/ha 2017: 26 hl/ha hl/ha Distribution ofsales salesininvolume: volume:35% 35%export export Distribution of In Gigondas, Gigondas, the the Grenache Grenache grape grape variety, variety, King of the In ing of the Southern Southern Rhône h ne Valley varietals, has a unique character. Gigondas is a haven of freshness alley varietals, has a unique character. Gigondas is a haven of freshness for for Grenache. limiting sun’s raysininthe themorning morningthe the Dentelles Grenache. By By limiting thethe sun’s rays entelles help help lengthen the the ripening ripening process process of of Grenache Grenache which which needs needs to to ripen lengthen ripen slowly slowly to to be able to develop to its full potential. This cool micro-climate, combined be able to develop to its full potential. This cool micro climate, combined ses millésimes with limestone, limestone, lends lends its its powerful powerful red red wines wines aaGigondas, freshness and with freshness and capacity capacity for for ageing. ageing.
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The red red Gigondas Gigondas has has an an attractive attractive sun sun-kissed robe, going going from from ruby The kissed robe, ruby to to aa rich dark purple. When young it reveals a bouquet of cherries, squashed rich dark purple. hen young it reveals a bouquet of cherries, squashed strawberries and and very very ripe ripe blackberries, blackberries, black black currants, currants, and strawberries and blueberries. blueberries. truffle ith age it develops truffl e and woodland scents. ith age it develops trufﬂe and woodland scents. On the thepalate, palate,this this Gigondas is and rich full andbodied. full-bodied. Its isterroir is so On Gigondas is rich Its terroir so complex complex it gives wines with a large array of aromas ranging from fruity it gives wines with a large array of aromas ranging from fruity (prunes and figs spicy herbs, whitethyme pepper, thyme and li Ituorice prunes and fi gs tupepper, ﬁgs to spicy white andherbs, liquorice ﬂavours. develflavours. more refined fl avours. t develops favourably with time, becoming refi ops favourably with time, becoming more reﬁned with age. ned with age. Gigondas reds, reds,ififmatured maturedslowly slowly be kept a time. long Their time. excelTheir Gigondas cancan be kept for afor long excellent capacity to be aged means the resulting wines are concentrated, lent capacity to be aged means the resulting wines are concentrated, wellfinesse. well balanced and of exceptionnal nesse. balanced and of exceptional ﬁnesse.fi Historically Gigondas Gigondas rosé rosé came came about about for for the the purpose Historically purpose of of concentrating concentrating the red wines. If it represents only a very small part of the red wines. If it represents only a very small part of total total production production it deserves deserves our our full full attention attention for for its its uncommonly uncommonly typical about 11 ,, it about typical of of its its varietal and its remarkable roundness on the palate. varietal and its remarkable roundness on the palate. Its robe robehas hasa strong a strong pink colour purple The bouquet is an Its pink colour withwith purple tints.tints. The bouquet is an exploexplosion of almonds and cooked fruit. On the palate it is heady, generous sion of almonds and cooked fruit. On the palate it is heady, generous and and well balanced. well balanced. The Gigondas rosé could could surprise surprise you you as as an an aperitif aperitif wine wine or The Gigondas ros or hold hold its its own own throughout a whole meal. throughout a whole meal. Maison du Gigondas
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Gigondas, ses millésimes 2017 : an exceptional vintage 2015 : un millésime d’excellence There was heavy rainfall in October and November 2016 but otherwise winter 2016-2017 was dry. January 2017 was quite cold, but the other months were warmer than average, compared to previous years and with this warmer weather, budbrea was two wee s early. he last 1o days of April and the first two weeks of May were marked by a brutal drop in temperature, with rainy spells and frost. Fortunately, the vineyards of Gigondas and the surrounding areas were only slightly touched. Vegetative growth during these four weeks was minimal. From mid-May onwards temperatures were warmer and there was a good supply of water. The vines grew very uic ly and flowering was imminent it happened during a hot, dry spell and there was widespread couluring, particularly in areas where development was premature. Generally speaking, areas where development was late were less seriously affected. y the end of une, a rainfall deficit of around 5 was registered. ome 20 mm of rain fell on une 2 but it did not rain again until eptember 1 only 10 mm and it was not until November that 0 mm fell. At the end of August, the vineyard cycle was two weeks ahead compared to 2016. This precocity was less pronounced in areas that tend to be later-ripening and/or cooler. Signs of drought could be seen in the vineyards, but the fact that it was a small harvest meant that the vines could withstand the hydric stress. As ever, evaluating exact ripeness levels was challenging: each plot is unique. Numerous vineyard visits, maturity tests and berry tasting were key to getting the very best out of this vintage. igondas was probably the least advanced sector in what was a very early harvest. he first tan s were filled on eptember 10, with fermentation beginning around eptember 20 25 and the last plots pic ed around ctober 10. y this stage, the water deficit was at 55 only 250 mm, from an average of 5 0 mm .
Maison duthe Gigondas The fruit was exceptionally healthy, right down to last grape. Juice yields were very low, and the wines uic ly showed signs of having good tannins and aromatic character one of the benefits of natural 8 rue du fond du sac, 84 190 Gigondas concentration . Tel.vinification : +33 (0)4process 90 37 79 60 that the challenges presented by this As ever, meticulous management of the meant particular vintage were neatly dealt with. Fax : +33 (0)4 90 65 82 91 The fact that this harvest was small meant that there was ample time for the fruit to ripen on the vine and then spend time in vat in the cellar typically, the wines spend a long time in vat . aily tasting suggested that approach, and tasting the wines post blending confirmed this choice. Contact : Deborah PERRIN +33 (0)7vintage 77 90 with 01 70powerful yet subtle wines displaying ripe The verdict is unanimous. This is an exceptional tannins combined with aromaticEmail freshness: 2017 is the third consecutive outstanding vintage. : [email protected] Gigondas sur la toile : www.gigondas-vin.com / www.facebook.com/gigondas.rhonevalley @ Gigondaswines
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Gigondas, les rendez - vous 2018
Save the date :
Saturday, May 26
À la Croisée des Terroirs
It’s a perfect family event in the great Gigondas tradition: exploring the more remote parts of Gigondas on mountain bikes, stopping to nibble, sip and listen to the winemakers making the wine come to life. And settling in for a long lunch at Gigondas La Cave.
Wednesday, June 6
Tasting of 2017 vintage This annual gathering gives the opportunity to taste the 2017 vintage in the same conditions as the journalists, sommeliers, wine professionals – that we receive in Gigondas during all year.For the winegrowers, wine-brokers, oenologists, this tasting is also an opportunity to share freely and friendly on the vintage.
Monday, July 16
At the Hospices from 9.30am to 1pm
Discover the vintages wines available at the spectacular Hospices! The tasting is free, opened to the professional visitors only. You will be able to taste the wines of most part of the Gigondas winemakers. Masterclasses will give the opportunity to discover and taste old Gigondas wines.
Gigondas sur Table: wine & food festival At the heart of Gigondas village at 8pm
Gigondas sur Table is the one of the most-popular summer wine events in Provence. winema ers will be pouring, while six top rovencal chefs tempt the crowd with small plates of signature dishes, made from local ingredients reflecting the terroir. t all happens on the village s uare in igondas, from pm to around 11 pm.
Monday, November 19
Gigondas Experience in Copenhague
Come discover the Gigondas wines, recent vintages and more. Gigondas producers will showcase old vintages of the appellation with a menu to pair with these exceptional wines. This is a unique opportunity to experience the complexity, power, elegance and ageability of Gigondas over 20 years.
Maison du Gigondas 8 rue du fond du sac, 84 190 Gigondas Tel. : +33 (0)4 90 37 79 60 Fax : +33 (0)4 90 65 82 91 Contact : Deborah PERRIN +33 (0)7 77 90 01 70 Email : [email protected] Gigondas sur la toile : www.gigondas-vin.com / www.facebook.com/gigondas.rhonevalley @ Gigondaswines