Gigondas: Domaine Saint Gayan 'In Nomine Patris' 2017

"Brilliant ruby. Assertively perfumed red and dark fruit liqueur, floral oil, garrigue and exotic spice qualities on the hugely aromatic nose. Juicy and penetrating in the mouth, offering vibrant, spice-laced cherry-cola, Chambord, fruitcake and lavender pastille flavors and a smoky mineral overtone. Finishes impressively long, with strong tension and polished tannins framing resonating cherry and exotic spice notes. Made with 100% whole clusters from 107-year-old vines this vintage, and raised in clay amphoras and neutral oak casks. 94/100."
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Tasting Notes

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.

About this wine
StyleRed Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionRhône, Gigondas
Grape Variety (Cépage)Grenache
Food & Wine MatchingBeef, Chicken and Turkey, Lamb, Mushrooms
CellarageThis wine should cellar well for 10 to 15+ years from vintage.
VinificationHand-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 (%)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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