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This for us was a real find and just incredible value! A small, forth generation family estate, combining traditional values (long bottle aging before release) and newer methods, with a more organic approach in the vineyard and strict yield controls to enhance quality. Careful vinification is producing wines of the highest class. Rich, full and wonderfully smooth, with considerable aging potential, this is really a very elegant wine!


PRODUCER:

Domaine du Terme

REGION:

Southern Rhone, France

APPELLATION:

AOC Gigondas

VINTAGE:

2014

BLEND:

80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, %% Mourvedre

USE OF OAK:

100% Oak Barrels

AGING:

1 year in the tank, 6 months on oak, 18 months in the bottle

AGE OF VINES:

 50 years average

PRODUCTION

 17,000 bottles


CHARACTERISTICS

Medium, dense red, with purple tinges in the glass. On the nose there are classic black fruits, strong cassis, earthy notes and hints of wild spices. In the mouth the flavors are full and round. Blackberries dominate the fruit flavours, with pepper and spice overtones. The tannins are sweet and well integrated and combining with the acidic balance, this gives a very long finish. Slightly lighter and more approachable than most Châteauneuf du Papes of the same vintage and a fantastic match for barbeques and grilled meats. This wine will age very well and will improve even further over the next few years.


THE WINERY

The overall owner happens to be the Major of Gigondas (it is not a big place!), but it is his oenologist trained daughter, Anne-Marie, that has taken over the running of the vineyard and cellar and is really making things happen. The estate has just 11 Ha in Gigondas as well as vines in Sablet and Vacqueyras, but Gigondas is where the heart is and the cellar. There are lots of traditional values here and this small estate has a very loyal local following (80% of their production is sold locally through their shop in the village), but more care in the vinification and hard work in the vineyard is really raising the quality bar. We think that this is an estate to really watch over the next few years as it puts itself at the top of AOC Gigondas pecking order, but still at a fabulous price!



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Gigondas Tradition 2014

  • Brand: Domaine du Terme
  • Product Code: Gigondas Tradition 2014
  • Availability: In Stock
  • €23.40