Chateau Gigognan – Chateauneuf du Pape Clos du Roi 2014
Producer: Chateau Gigognan
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah
Chateau Gigognan – Chateauneuf du Pape Clos du Roi 2014 is a supple, perfumed but robust Chateauneuf, with poise.
On the nose it has red fruits and spices woven together with licorice and herbal characteristics.
On the palate this medium-bodied red offers an elegant, silky texture with red fruits carrying over onto the finish.
This vintage is in its prime now but will age well for another 4-5 years. In the sea of mediocrity that is Chateauneuf du Pape, this wine is a welcome exception and well worth the price tag we feel. This wine is comprised of 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah from one site on the famous “galet roules” soils – that is battered by the ferocious Mistral for around 100 days a year.
Ideally suited to lamb dishes but will match with other grilled meats and nuttier cheeses such as Compte.
Chateau Gigognan – Chateauneuf du Pape Clos du Roi 2014 contains added sulphites. Read more.
International Wine Report 93 points and a Silver Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards
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Owners Jacques and Anne Callet took over the Chateau in 1996, vowing to return the estate to it’s former glory – dizzy days in the 17th century when the estate and vineyards were run by the Archbishop of Avignon. An awful lot has happened since then – a full renovation of their “humble castle” and restoration of the cellars, an extensive replanting scheme and a full conversion to organics, becoming certified in 2010.
2012 saw the arrival of Philippe Cambie – former rugby player turned oenologist and Grenache obsessive, as well as being Robert Parker’s much applauded “best oenologist in the world” in 2010.
Our Châteauneuf du Pape vineyard covers 30 hectares of vines on which we develop three specific wine batches:
In the heart of the Rhone Valley, 10 minutes from Châteauneuf du Pape, Château Gigognan is the heir of a deeply rooted history that dates back to the time of Roman colonisation.
Exposed to the weather and particularly to the Mistral for more than 100 days a year, the vineyard is located in one of the driest zones of the Rhone Valley, on the southern part of the estate. It benefits from over 2 800 hours of sunshine per year, but it is at night that the “caïau frejaü*” give back the heat stored all day long, just like an oven.
The Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard is located on an exceptional terroir is very representative of those who have contributed to the reputation of the estate (a single plot of 25 hectares with several other plots nearby). The Côtes du Rhône vineyard is located in a small valley.
The restructuring of the vineyard undertaken over the past few years has seen the planting of 30 Châteauneuf du Pape hectares to combine with the old grapevines and to develop the aromatic complexities of the wines.
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