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Dom. Du Cayron Gigondas 2007

Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
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14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Considered by many to be the benchmark producer in the appellation, Cayron produces a Gigondas (cepage = roughly 70% Grenache; 15% each Syrah and Mourvedre) of phenomenal richness and incredible longevity. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more terroir-expressive wine anywhere in the Southern Rhone; bold, explosive, stunningly evocative garrigues flavors careen from the glass, blaring their stamp of origin like a neon sign. These are old-styled, powerful wines of enormous fruit amplitude and irresistible personality. Furthermore, Cayron is among the most age-worthy of Gigondas, delicious upon release, but improving for well over a decade and holding strong for a long time thereafter. This 15-hectare domaine, run by the Faraud family, is a classic and truly top-flight estate.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
While Cayron's 2006 is vegetal and stinky, they hit a home run with their 2007 Gigondas (a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 14% Syrah, and 1% Mourvedre). I have been tasting (and often buying) this Gigondas since 1979, and it tends to be a wine that repays patience. The 2007 offers a smorgasbord of Provencal aromas, including lavender, ground pepper, incense, Provencal herbs, and black cherries. Full-bodied, earthy, even animalistic, it will be somewhat controversial because of its abundant spice and meatiness. Nevertheless, this stunningly concentrated effort is the finest wine Domaine du Cayron has produced in many years. It should drink well for a decade. 89-92
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Domaine Du Cayron Michel Faraud

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Domaine Du Cayron Michel Faraud , , France - Rhone
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There is a sense of focus and implicity at Domaine du Cayron. "I make one wine," says Michel Faraud. There are no cuvees reserves, no declassified Cotes du Rhone, only Gigondas. Happily, Faraud's years of conservatism have paid off. His wine is one of the most loved Gigondas on the market. When frosts in 1956 destroyed many of Faraud's olive trees (Gigondas was once planted almost entirely to olives) the family decided to start from scratch and plant vines from which the Domaine takes its name. Today their vineyard plots are scattered throughout the Gigondas appellation, the best vines being in the Col du Cayron, 1500 feet above sea level, nestled into the spiky Dentelles mountains, a site which produces low yields and rich fruit.

Michel learned to make wine from his father, and he remains faithful to this old-world style, even if it means foregoing modern winery conveniences or ignoring trends of the market. "It's our wine, not theirs," says Michel. And the wines of the region are changing. "With all the new oak barrels, you can't even tell that it's Gigondas." One of his beliefs is to age his wine a couple of years in giant old oak foudres. So while other Gigondas producers are bottling and selling their current vintage, Faraud's wine still has another year to mature and develop.

After harvest, the must soaks 15 days on its skin to gain color and extract. Michel's wife and three daughters, one of whom has a degree in viticulture and enology, all help in the vineyards.

AIWCayronGig_2007 Item# 104619

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