The last decade has brought vastly increased interest to Gigondas, as the quality potential has been increasingly recognized. The Guigals have been deeply involved in Gigondas for well over 50 years, and it brings them great pleasure to see the increasing interest and appreciation of the appellation. We consider Guigal’s Gigondas the “quiet storm” among their village wines. While they have been widely known for their Châteauneuf-du Pape also produced in the Southern Rhône, and they are increasingly important in Crozes-Hermitage in the North, the Gigondas is the wine that when poured jumps up and down and demands attention. Its a wine of sheer pleasure, full of ripe fruit, and with a depth and even slightly brooding sense that comes from the important Mourvèdre component. Yet is has refinement, complexity, length, and has a terrific ability to age.
The vineyards of Gigondas are planted on hillsides at the foot of Mont Ventoux, 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.
Guigal selects wines from small domaines to produce a blend which is true to the appellation, yet polished, refined, and capable of aging many years. The wines see a traditional lengthy maceration and two years of aging in oak foudres, of which 50% are new. The blend is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre.
2014 was a vintage in which constant vineyard care was required, with the wet July presenting the greatest challenge. Yet many producers in the area are quite happy with their wines. The hard work resulted in wines that have plenty of fruit and tannin, but are not warm in character. The wines are fine, and it is in these types of vintages especially that we find Guigal’s quality approach and long aging brings out nuances and integration that elevate their wines to remarkable levels.
Pretty purple, with an intense nose dominated by stone fruits, licorice and savory garrigue notes. On the palate the wine is generous and powerful, with good length and elegance. Overall, direct expression, lovely structure, and good tannins, present but supple.
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Jeb Dunnuck - "The 2014 Gigondas is a terrific success in the vintage and has a complex, perfumed style. Blackberries, flowers, peppery garrigue and leather notes, as well as fine tannin, medium to full-bodied richness, and good acidity all make for an outstanding Southern Rhône that will drink nicely for 7-8 years."
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