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Chateau du Trignon, Gigondas 2012

 


Chateau du Trignon, Gigondas 2012

Why you should buy this wine…

Because it’s a really well made, full bodied wine with a clean and precise aroma and taste…. delicious!! Made by one of the most well established producers in the area with a reputation for consistently high quality.

What can you expect….

A complex bouquet with smoky notes of mocha and pine resin, evolving into black fruit aromas, in particular black cherry. The palate is fresh and clean on entry, balanced and concentrated, with a persistent finish.

Brilliant if you like quality Rhone wines!!!

The Basics…..

Vintage 2012

Country France

Region  Rhone Valley

Appellation Gigondas

Grape Grenache; Syrah, Mouverdre, Cinsault

Alcohol 14% Closure Cork

The Story Behind the Wine - click here

Who makes it…..

Back in 1896, a family called Roux acquired the Château du Trignon, and began the laborious process of converting the estate from mixed farming to viticulture. Five generations have since helped establish it as one of the top producers in the Southern Rhône. In 2007, the estate was bought by the Quiot family, themselves Rhône winegrowers for over 250 years.

Vineyard:  This Gigondas comes from vines planted on three different soil types: soft clay-limestone; alluvium with split pebbles; yellow sand and sandstone.

Winery: The grapes were partially destemmed, and fermented/macerated for three to four weeks. A portion of the wine underwent malolactic and ageing in oak barrels.

The Back Story….. Gigondas is a really small village and wine appellation in the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains in France, 457 miles directly south of Paris just 30 minutes from Chateauneuf du Pape on your way to Marseille. This is an all red wine-producing region, with roots in ancient Roman culture. The name derives from the Latin “Jocunditas”, which means “great pleasure,” as it had been a sort of vacation haven for Roman soldiers.

Wine production enjoyed a quiet growth through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance. A Gigondas won a prestigious gold medal at an agricultural fair in Paris in 1894. However, for much of the 1800s and early 1900s, the juice was often sent to other parts of France to bulk out weaker wines. Quality has improved greatly since then. It became an official Cotes du Rhone Villages AOC in the 1950s, and struck out to become its own AOC in 1971.

The vineyards are situated high into the Montmirail slopes, with limestone soils in some parts and sandier, more free-draining soils in others. It’s noticeably cooler than nearby Chateauneuf-du-Pape, especially since it’s right in the path of the Mistral winds as they blow down the Rhone Valley.

Gigondas is made from up to 80% Grenache, and minimum 15% each of Syrah and Mourvedre. A maximum 10% is allowable for other Rhone grapes, such as Rousanne, Marsanne, Clairette, and Cinsault. The only grape not permissible is Carignan. Grapes are chosen in the triage method, meaning handpicked to select the healthiest fruit.

This blend of varietals is very similar to that of nearby Chateauneuf du Pape. Although one should think of Gigondas in its own right. The wines tend to be more forward and powerful when consumed young, at three to five years after the vintage date. Some can also take cellar aging, if one has the patience.

 

 

Registered in England & Wales Company number: 10482778 Great Wine Going Ltd, 15a, High Street, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan. CF71 7AD

 

 

 

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