Topic of the Week 3/15/2019 - Introductory & Certified

Thanks for your first contribution last week ! Always great to have new voices in the forums to complement our regular posters. Merci to and for their weekly diligence too.

This week: Gigondas

Where is this appellation? What grape(s) compose it? Soils? Aging requirements?

  • I love Gigondas, so fun to say with a heavy French accent! It is located North East of Chateauneuf de Pape, in the Southern Rhone, with red clay alluvial soils. They make red and rose wine only, no white, from a minimum 50% Grenache with another minimum 15% Syrah or Mourvedre. The rest of the assemblage can be made up from a plethora of Southern Rhone varietals, excluding Carignan. I personally enjoy getting that garrigue scent on the wines, and Domaine Les Pallieres is my favorite producer. I am not aware of any aging requirements, would love someone to chime in on that, or anything more I missed!