Domaine du Gour de Chaule

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Gigondas, Rhone
People: Stephanie Fumoso, Owner & Winemaker

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Domaine du Gour de Chaule 2012 'Cuvee Tradition' Gigondas AOC Login WA (90-92)

The Domaine du Gour de Chaulé, situated in the heart of the village of Gigondas, was founded in 1900 by Eugene Bonfils, the great-grandfather of the current proprietor, Stephanie Fumoso. All the wine produced at the estate was sold in bulk to negociants until 1970 when Madame Rolande Beaumet, Eugene’s daughter and the grandmother of Stéphanie, began to bottle a small percentage of the estate’s wine for sale to private clients. Madame Beaumet’s daughter, Aline Bonfils, ascended to the head of the domaine in the early 1980s and it was under the direction of Aline that the tradition of estate bottling expanded significantly.

The domaine comprises 15 hectares, 10 of which are within Gigondas with the remaining 5 hectares situated in the surrounding communes of Vacqueyras and Violes. Aline Bonfils believes strongly in Grenache as the heart and soul of Gigondas, and she has transmitted this philosophy to her daughter, Stéphanie. Thus, 85% of the vineyards are planted to Grenache, with approximately 10% dedicated to Syrah and Mourvedre and the balance planted to Cinsault. Further, this family has always conducted their affairs with the understanding that minimal intervention in the vineyards and in the cave is essential to preserving the essential character of the wines of this important appellation. The red wines here are produced from grapes that are not destemmed, an approach that we believe is essential to provide the classic character of Gigondas.

Media Links
The New York Times: Embracing the Power of Gigondas

Reviews

  • Gour de Chaule 2012 'Cuvee Tradition' Gigondas AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (90-92) (12/29/2013)

    A step up and a gorgeous tank sample, the 2012 Gigondas Tradition will spend a full 30 months in a combination of foudre and concrete tanks before bottling. Medium to full-bodied, rich and beautifully textured, it offers a slightly modern profile with hints of graphite, licorice, toasted spice and ripe, Grenache driven fruit on the nose. Surprisingly elegant and finesse driven, with fine tannin, this is a serious Gigondas that should age effortlessly for over a decade.