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Gigondas

Guigal’s Gigondas is an incredible introduction to serious Southern Rhone reds, and a show-stopper at the price.  In the hands of Guigal, the rich ripe fruit and savory character of the wine bursts with sheer pleasure, yet the wine displays terrific refinement, complexity, length and ability to age.  The Guigals have been deeply involved in Gigondas for well over 50 years, and it brings them great pleasure to see the increasing interest in and appreciation of the appellation. 
The vineyards of Gigondas are planted on ancient alluvial, red clay and gravel hillsides at the foot of Mont Ventoux, the “giant of Provence," directly north-east of the town of Orange in the southern Rhône Valley. The dry, stony slopes produce substantial wines that are deep in color, with flavors of ripe summer fruits and savory herbs.  The grape varieties are similar to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, with a greater emphasis on Mourvedre in the blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah.  Guigal’s Gigondas is produced from vines that average around 40 years of age and yields typically just 1.6 tons per acre.
The wines used to produce Guigal's Gigondas undergo a traditional, lengthy maceration, with aging then taking place in large oak barrels (foudres).  As usual, Guigal ages far beyond virtually everyone in the appellation, and allows the fruit to fully integrate with the earthy, spicy character and dense tannin.  The resulting wine is robust and intense, yet seamless.
   
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