Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape Gallimardes Rouge 2010
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Attractive, intense blood-red color. Shows an elegant nose with strawberry, blueberry and raspberry fruit. Powerful on the palate, it's full-bodied yet smooth with flavors of apple and cherry compote, raspberry tinged with licorice, white pepper and wild herbs.
"A glorious display of ripe, mouthcoating dark fruit featuring seemingly endless layers of steeped fig, warm boysenberry confiture, macerated plum and currant and blueberry pâte de fruit flavors, all laced with a riveting ganache note and backed by a solid, tarry spine. The long finish courses with warm stone, licorice root and Turkish coffee, but avoids being overbearing. Best from 2014 through 2030."
"Unfortunately, there are only about 180 cases of the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Gallimardes. This spectacular wine is one of the vintage's most prodigious efforts. It has added complexity and weight since I tasted it last year. An inky/purple color is followed by notes of licorice, truffles, black raspberries, cassis, camphor and a hint of scorched earth. This dense, full-bodied 2010 possesses fabulous concentration, a multidimensional mouthfeel and a finish that lasts nearly 50 seconds. It is an amazing tour de force from the Girauds and their consulting oenologist, Philippe Cambie."
The Wine Advocate
"Opaque ruby. An explosively perfumed bouquet presents dark fruit preserves, incense and anise, with a smoky topnote. Sappy and vibrant in the mouth, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors supported by zesty acidity. Becomes brighter with air and finishes with excellent clarity and silky tannins. This wine has the depth to age but its elegance makes it approachable now."
International Wine Cellar
Learn About Domaine Giraud
The domaine saw the light of day thanks to Pierre and Mireille Giraud's zeal and two families coming together. The story begins in 1974 when Pierre and Mireille, as their parents did before them, took on 4 hectares (10 acres) of vines. Little by little the Domaine has grown through years exclusively on the appellation.
In 1998, Pierre was ready to pass on his love of the vine...
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Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape
(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...
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Learn About Rhone Red Blends
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...
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