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
Grape(s): 90% Grenache / 10% Other
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Vintage Notes: "Two thousand sixteen has definitely secured a place in the pantheon of recent outstanding vintages in Gigondas, as it has in all of the neighboring appellations. The marriage of richness to energy and well-knit tannins has understandably made consumers around the world huge fans of the wines." - Gigondas Maintains Its Tempo, Vinous 2020
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.
(94-95)pts (2017 Vintage) Vinous 2/21/2020
"otent, 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."
(91-93)pts (2017 Vintage) Wine Advocate 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."