Domaine du Gour de Chaule 2016 'Cuvee Tradition' Gigondas AOC
Item Number: 12425
Sub Region: Southern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Gigondas AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Winemaker Notes: 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.
Vineyard Information: There are several important vineyard sites that form the base of the Gigondas, including Gour de Chaulé, Les Blaches, and Les Bousquets. The average age of the Grenache vines planted within these plots is 55 years (as of 2011). Production levels generally average 30 to 32 hectoliters per hectare.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are harvested manually and are never destemmed. There is a three week cuvaison. A small amount of press juice is added back to the cuvee. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank and, after the malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine is racked into large oak foudres where it stays for approximately 18 months. The wine is racked no more than three times before it is bottled – unfined and unfiltered – 30 to 36 months after harvest. New oak is not used at this domaine.
Tasting Notes: The resulting wine is sturdy, braced with dusty tannins, and intensely aromatic with notes of crushed white pepper, oriental spices and game. Pair with grilled or roasted red meats, duck with olives, country salad, goats cheese, and melon and strawberries in the summer months.