Gigondas: Domaine Saint Gayan 'Origine' 2016
"Dark ruby. Heady, spice-accented raspberry and cherry scents are complicated by musky garrigue, floral and mineral nuances. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering juicy, impressively concentrated red and dark berry and lavender pastille flavors and suggestions of cola and licorice. Firms up slowly on the finish, which is framed by slow-building tannins and leaves suave floral and red fruit liqueur notes behind. 91-93/100."
Josh Raynolds - Vinous.com
Gigondas is famous for producing characterful wines that stand up well to robust Mediterranean dishes, such as this superb example from the ever-dependable Domaine Saint Gayan. Concentrated cherry and plum flavours with a touch of spice and soft tannins - drink now, or will cellar well for a decade or more.
This superb Gigondas from Domaine Saint Gayan is a reference point for the appellation, made from a traditional blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre that is vinified in cement vats prior to blending and bottling.
It is a powerful, brooding, uncompromising Rhône wine with great intensity and depth of flavour.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Gigondas|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Lamb, Pheasant and Game, Pork|
|Cellarage||Commendably, never released without some maturity, this ages well in the medium term - from 2 to 10 years.|
|Vinification||Hand harvested Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvedre 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 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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