Domaine du Gour de Chaule

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Gigondas, Southern Rhône
People: Stephanie Fumoso, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Domaine du Gour de Chaule 2017 'Cuvee Tradition' Gigondas AOC Login AG (94-95) WA (91-93) In Stock

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 is essential to providing the classic character of Gigondas.

Vinous 2/21/2020
"Under the watch of Aline Bonfils, this uncompromisingly traditional domaine was one of the region’s most reliable producers for decades. Today Bonfils's daughter Stephanie Fumoso is producing impeccably balanced and complex wines that I count among the standouts of the entire southern Rhône valley. Their estate, which covers 15 hectares – ten of them in Gigondas – comprises an abundance of old vines (60-plus years of age on average, with some now over 120 years old) and the wine is made without artifice or oak presence, and with long, slow élevage in large concrete vats. There's always a freshness and sharp delineation to the wines here, even in recent hot vintages. Readers curious to experience Gigondas in its most unadorned and classic style will want to check out this iconic domaine."


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Reviews

  • Gour de Chaule 2017 'Cuvee Tradition' Gigondas AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (94-95) (2/21/2020)

    Potent, spice- and mineral-accented red fruits, succulent flowers and exotic spices on the highly perfumed, sharply delineated nose. Palate-caressing raspberry, bitter cherry, candied lavender and star anise flavors steadily deepen as the wine opens up. Manages to be both powerful and graceful, showing wonderful intensity and detail on a strikingly long, youthfully tannic finish.
  • Gour de Chaule 2017 'Cuvee Tradition' Gigondas AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (91-93) (8/30/2019)

    More structured than the fruit-driven 2016, the 2017 Gigondas Cuvee Tradition is still successful, boasting aromas of cranberries and citrus yet turning darker and richer on the palate. It's full-bodied and tannic, with crisp acids, but finishes on a silky note. Give it a few years in the cellar to round into form.