2019 Chateau Gigognan Côtes du Rhône
The history of Chateau Gigognan’s estate dates back to the Roman era. The Romans named new estates after legionaries, designating the property after the soldier’s name. A soldier named Gigius would inherit this estate and cultivate the vines. There are 272 acres of vineyards in the heart of the Rhone Valley planted in soils of gallets or rounded stones.
Situated at the heart of the Rhône Valley, near the city of Avignon, Château Gigognan encompasses 272 acres of vines in a landscape of rolling hills, parasol pines, and olive trees. Born of a winegrowing tradition dating back to Roman times, our estate is both a vineyard fashioned by a terroir of rounded pebbles and a haven of tranquility.
It is composed of 55% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah and 5% Cinsault, planted in sub-soils of clay, limestone and pebbles. This ruby wine is dominated by wild strawberries, dark cherry puree and cassis infused with a subtle amount of baking spices and forest floor. The tannins remain fresh, fine and rounded in the background which coincides with it’s creamy texture. It has a great mouth-feel and is uber serious for just being a Côtes du Rhône wine. This is among the value based trilogy of wines from Château Gigognan. Keep a case in the cellar for any occasion.
By W Peter Hoyne