Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape Gallimardes Rouge 2010
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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.
Wine Spectator - "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."
The Wine Advocate - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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."
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Domaine Giraud Winery
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 and wine to his children. Marie and François took on the estate hand-in-hand. Under their parents’ watchful eye, they devoted themselves to tending vines and winemaking. They focused their efforts on selecting parcel by parcel, doing minimal treatments, upgrading their cellar to make finer and finer wines while respecting family traditions. François tries hard to tend each parcel and variety respecting the "terroir" as much as possible, that alchemy nature provides us with, to fully express our grapes' full character. View all Domaine Giraud Wines
About Chateauneuf-du-PapeView a map of Chateauneuf-du-Pape wineries (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.
Photo of galets covering the soil at Chateau de Beaucastel
Notable FactsThere are 13 allowed varieties in Chateauneuf du Pape (14 if you count Grenache Blanc separately from Grenache Noir). Grenache is the primary variety, followed by Syrah and Mourvedre as well as Cinsault. About 97% of the wines here are red, although many chateaux are producing whites ranging from quaffable to decadent and ageworthy. Reds from the best estates emit wonderful flavors of gamey spice, blackberries and currant, as well as the herbs and spices that are known to grow in the region.
Note on the soil: The grapes grow on soils covered in rounded, smooth stones called galets (gah-lay). The stones naturally cover most of the soils throughout Chateauneuf du Pape and are two fold in their duties. First, they are able to reflect and absorb the heat, to quicken the ripening of the grapes. They also help to hold in moisture so that the soils are not dried out by the hot Southern French sun.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.