A village in the southern Rhone, which has achieved its very own AOC status, through the high quality of its wine. Frequently likened to Chateauneuf, in terms of style, but less expensive in price, Gigondas produces, rich, fleshy, sweetly spiced, muscular reds, with intense fruit, but frequently high in alcohol – the region’s AC laws demand a minimum 12.5% alcohol, one of the highest in the Rhone.
About & Food Matching
The village is located on the foothills of the famous and scenic Dentelles de Montmirail, and lies just 17km from Chateauneuf. The majority of the wines are red, with a little Rose.
Style: bold, spicy, and packed with ripe black fruits, with a brush of wild herbs and lots of peppery spice, yet with a luscious, velvety softness.
Grapes: 80% Grenache, with mainly Syrah and Mourvedre, as the additional grapes in the blend.
Good with: very similar in style to Chateauneuf, therefore goes with rich, braised dishes, such as lamb shanks, beef casserole, and also rosemary spiked roast lamb, as well as many game dishes.