Maison Brotte La Marasque Gigondas 2018
Dark ruby color. Good intensity with notes of spices, red stone fruits, vanilla, liquorice, and raisins. Complex, powerful, and generous with hints of cherry liqueur, black and red fruit jam. This flamboyant wine shows perfect harmony between nose and palate.
Enjoy with wild boar terrine, beef stew with carrots, poultry dishes, tuna steak in red wine sauce. This Gigondas matches also spicy dishes such as Indian and Mexican cuisine.
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A blend of Grenache and Syrah sourced from limestone soils, this wine offers black-cherry flavors that are succulent and concentrated but delightfully fresh. Soft, silky tannin's and salty, chalky minerals linger on the finish. It’s gorgeously quaffable young but should drink well through 2028. Monsieur Touton Selection Ltd. Editors’ Choice.
Blueberries, currants and herbs on the nose with violet undertones. It’s full-bodied with firm tannins. Fleshy, ink-like feel on the palate. Structured and flavorful finish. Blue fruit, cloves and a peppery note.
The supple, charming 2018 Gigondas la Marasque offers ripe cherries and redcurrants on the nose. Round, ripe and approachable, it's full-bodied and soft, with silky tannins that linger easily on the finish, joined by hints of leather and licorice. Drink this 70-30 blend of Grenache and Syrah over the next 4-5 years.
Located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape since 1931, the Brotte family own 3 exceptional estates in the Southern Rhone Valley. Here, Grenache is king and flourishes with its expressive fruit and is masterfully blended with Syrah and Mourvedre to add freshness and structure. Focused on protecting the environment, all Brotte Family estates are certified Sustainable by the Terra Vitis organization. As well as estate-grown wines, Maison Brotte collaborates with other growers to produce top quality wines from other appellations, including Condrieu, Côte Rôtie, Gigondas and Côtes de Provence. Their entire portfolio is consistently highly rated by the industries top publications and always reliable.
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.