Gigondas, Dom. du Grapillon d’Or
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Gigondas, Dom. du Grapillon d’Or - 2018

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Tasting Notes

This modern and richer style of Gigondas is for those who tend to prefer bolder Rhône wines. The Chauvet family's winery is located just at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail.

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Staff Pick Notes

Gigondas, located to the north east of the Rhone river in the breezy Dentelles Mountains of the Southern Rhone, seems to exist in the shadow of it's famous cousin Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Comparisons aside, it is a region for powerful earthy reds that feature Grenache prominently. Domaine du Grapillone d'Or has been in the Chauvet family since 1806 when it was founded. Their family's wine making roots dig a century further back. Suffice to say they have some experience when it comes to wine making. Bernard and his daughter Celine Chauvet are at the helm now carrying on time honored traditions such as hand harvesting. This wine has a lush perfume of berries and lavender, incredibly fresh red fruits on the palette and the distinct "garrigue" herbal note of the south of France. A fine example of the finesse and power of Gigondas.

- TD

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