Dom. Du Grapillon d'Or Gigondas Excellence 2015
This deep ruby-purple tinged Gigondas exhibits sweet aromas of blue and black fruits, licorice, powdered rock and spring flowers. Pure, deep and full-bodied with good acidity and ripe tannins, it should drink well for 10-12 years.
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Enticing notes of smoked meat and balsamic vinegar accent brighter black cherry and cassis in this rich, generous blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. It’s plush and creamy, layered in ripe, glossy tannins and peppered by notes of sweet spice and cocoa. This decadent wine is ready now but should hold through 2025. Wineberry America LLC.
Le Domaine du Grapillon d’Or evokes an authentic and beautiful family history. Created in 1806, the property has always remained in the hand of the Chauvet family. In 1893, the Chauvet family received the first gold medal at the concours general Agricole in Paris. For the past 40 years, Bernard has managed and successfully developed the wine estate.He has been assisted by his daughter, Céline, for 20years. Céline manages the delicate process of vinification as well as the business management of the estate. The wines from the Grapillon d'Or Estate are made from a selection of grapes grown on small parcels, producing wines with rich concentration, a promise of long-keeping. For the Gigondas territory, the yield per hectare is only 35 hectoliters, one of the lowest in French appellation wines. This limit is scrupulously respected in order to produce a wine of quality and typical of the appellation
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.
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.