Gigondas: Domaine Saint Gayan 'In Nomine Patris' 2016
Taken from the Latin Roman Catholic liturgy 'In Nomine Patris' ('In the name of the Father...'), this Grenache Noir-based Gigondas is made from old-vine fruit sourced from a small plot. Intense ripe berry and plum fruit predominate with lashings of pepper and cloves. It has amazing length and depth of flavour and will age for a decade at least.
Jean-Pierre Meffre and son-in-law Jean-Yves Carré de Lusançay make this single-vineyard old-vine Gigondas from a tiny 2-hectare site with a limestone-clay base covered in galets roulés (pudding stones). Predominantly Grenache Noir from low-yielding vines with an average age of 100 years old, it is gloriously rich and concentrated. Only a small amount is made in the best vintages and it has the stuffing to last a decade, possibly two or more.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Gigondas|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Lamb, Mushrooms|
|Cellarage||This wine should cellar well for 10 to 15+ years from vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested fruit has a long maceration before fermentation and is matured for 24 months in a mix of sandstone ‘jarres’ and oak casks.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||15|
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 33 hectare Domaine Saint Gayan, now run by Jean-Pierre, is one of the commune's finest estates and an important player in our portfolio.
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