Domaine Giraud Les Grenaches de Sixte Vieilles Vignes 2011

Grenache from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France

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Item No. 121902
  • red wine
  • RP92

Winemaker's Notes

Les Grenaches de Sixte is the latest wine from Giraud. Marie and Fracois had been search of vines in the Cotes du Rhone for quite some time. They discovered the 60-year-old Grenache vines of Sixte terraced on sandy soils and fell madly in love. Not only was the land rich, filled with indigenous flowers, grasses, trees, plants and herbs, but the wine was elegant and remarkable with lush, red fruit jam on the palate. Naturally, the name "Sixte" is after the name of its origin in the Cotes du Rhone.

Critical Acclaim

"If you haven’t followed my recent reviews of Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine Giraud is one of the up-and-coming superstars of the appellation. Run by a dynamic young couple, this is a special cuvee made for Eric Solomon that comes from Lirac, where Sixte is one of the appellation’s most famous parcels. Made from 100% Grenache aged in 66% tank and 34% in older wood, the wine possesses a dark plum/ruby/purple color, copious tannins (which I associate more with 2010 than 2011) and body, earthy, sandy, loamy soil undertones, and plenty of kirsch, pepper and lavender. This big wine reveals superb concentration and enough structure to warrant several more months of cellaring. It has the potential to last at least 5-7 years."
92 Points

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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 Cotes du Rhone

A Cote of Many Grapes The appellation of Cotes du Rhone encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine - over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation. Wines here need only be from the Cotes de Rhone geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide...

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Learn About Grenache

Grenache (greh-NAASH) Sun-Worshiper This sun-worshiping grape gets ripe and loves hot, dry weather. Popular in Spain (called Garnacha), Australia and the southern Rhone region of France, Grenache is the primary grape in regions such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Tavel, and Priorat. It's often tamed by less fleshy, more structured grapes like Syrah...

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