Côtes du Rhône: Domaine Saint Gayan 'Trescartes' 2019
Yapp is known as a Rhône specialist and this is our flagship Côtes du Rhône, so it ought to be very good ....and it is! Spice, jammy fruit and a rich silky finish. This Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre blend (called 'Trescartes') exemplifies all that is great about the increasingly-popular Southern Rhône reds.
Jean-Pierre Meffre, whose Domaine Saint Gayan is based in the Southern Rhône stronghold of Gigondas, is one of our longest-serving suppliers, with an impeccable track record. His family have been making wine in these parts for 400 years. Like its sibling Gigondas, the Cotes du Rhone has more character than many and can be aged for 3-5 years from release. Predominantly Grenache Noir (averages c.70%), with a quarter Syrah and the balance from Mourvèdre.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Côtes du Rhône|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Charcuterie, Cheese, Chicken and Turkey, Mushrooms|
|Cellarage||This Côtes du Rhône from Domaine Saint Gayan always drinks well when released (which is later than most of its peers) but responds well to bottle age.|
|Vinification||Hand harvested Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre and Syrah grapes are macerated and fermented in cement vats and racked in used oak barrels for at least a year before bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.5|
Domaine Saint Gayan (Jean-Pierre Meffre)
The Meffres have been vignerons at Gigondas since the 17th Century and have played a key role in the success of the appellation. Roger Meffre (Jean-Pierre's father) was president of the Syndicat des Vignerons de Gigondas and was instrumental in winning Appellation Contrôllée status for Gigondas in 1971 and changing the law regarding the wine's Grenache content (raised from a maximum of 65% to 85% in 1985).
The 34 hectare Domaine Saint Gayan holds 12 hectares in their home village of Gigondas and is now run largely by Jean-Pierre and Martine's daughter Julie and her husband and winemaker Christian Yves Carré de Lusançay. It is one of the commune's finest estates and likely to release wines at their leisure, when ready to drink. Large oak barrels are mainly used for maturation though a number of clay amphorae have recently been installed. Whole-bunch fermentation is de rigeur.
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Côtes du Rhône: Domaine Saint Gayan - Yapp Brothers One Minute Review
Meirion Williams reviews the classic Côtes du Rhône from Domaine Saint Gayan - a great all-rounder, one of the cornerstones of the Yapp wine list.Yapp Brothers Videos