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Chateau de Montmirail Cuvee de Beauchamp Gigondas 2017

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Powerful intense aromas of red fruits, licorice and spices that will evolve over the years

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Whiffs of preserved red plum and raspberry are spiced with cinnamon and black pepper on the nose of this full-bodied but bright blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. The palate edges a shade richer and darker, suggesting black cherry and blackberry accented by finegrained, grippy tannins. The wine should drink well now through 2030.

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In the southern Rhône’s department of the Vaucluse, the magnificent and lacy Dentelles de Montmirail Mountains can be seen for miles in every direction. No one had ever attempted to plant grapes on the sunny slopes in this area of Gigondas until the arrival of the Archimbaud family. This site of an ancient hot spring straddles the appellations of Gigondas and Vacqueyras, two of the southern Rhône’s most notable crus. The Chateau de Montmirail encompasses two properties: one inherited, the other purchased by Gabriel Archimbaud in the 1960s. The Archimbaud family is the largest vineyard land owner in both villages, farming 24 hectares in Gigondas and 20 in Vacqueyras on clay and limestone soils. Today, Gabriel’s daughter, Monique Archimbaud, her son Philippe Bouteiller, and her daughter Sylvie run the estate. Although they sell off a fair amount of their production to the bulk market, they bottle the best of their grapes under their own label, frequently winning juried competitions for their traditionally styled wines. Although the Archimbaud-Bouteillers grow both red and white grapes, they are particularly focused on the red. They plant Grenache (the chief varietal of the southern Rhône) for fruit and power, Syrah for structure and earthiness, and Mourvèdre for the spicy components it adds to the finished wines. Their vines average 50 years of age, and some of their parcels are more than 80 years old. After the harvest, they de-stem the entire crop. Macerations occur slowly over three weeks, and the cuvees spend two winters in both cement and ceramic-lined stainless steel tanks before bottling. Our long-term partnership with the family has made it possible for them to bottle the wines unfined and unfiltered, specifically for Beaune Imports, after long élévages—a key component to ensuring the long-term stability of the wines. Complex and layered with spicy garrigue and sun-kissed fruit, the Chateau de Montmirail’s wines offer unparalleled value and personality for their class.
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Gigondas Wine

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The Southern Rhône region of Gigondas extends northwest from the notably jagged wall of mountains called the Dentelles di Montmirail, whose highest point climbs to about 2,600 feet. The region and its wines have much in common with the neighboring Chateauneuf-du-Pape except that the vineyards of Gigondas exist at higher elevation and its soils, comprised mainly of crumbled limestone from the Dentelles, often produce a more dense and robust Grenache-based red wine.

The region has a history of fine winemaking, extending back to Roman times. But by the 20th century, Gigondas was merely lumped into the less distinct zone of Côtes du Rhône Villages. However, it was first among these satellite villages to earn its own appellation, which occurred in 1971.

Gigondas reds must be between 50 to 100% Grenache with Syrah and Mourvèdre comprising the bulk of the remainder of the blend. They tend express rustic flavors and aromas of wild blackberry, raspberry, fig, plum, as well as juniper, dried herbs, anise, smoke and river rock. The best are bold but balanced, and finish with impressively sexy and velvety tannins.

The Gigondas appellation also produces rosé but no white wines.

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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