Domaine du Gour de Chaule 2017 'Cuvee Tradition' Gigondas AOC
Item Number: 14700
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(%): 14.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Vineyard Notes: There are several important vineyard sites that form the base of this Gigondas including Gour de Chaulé, Les Blaches, and Les Bousquets. The average age of the Grenache vines planted within these plots is 60 years (as of 2015). Production levels generally average 30 to 32 hectoliters per hectare.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are harvested manually and are never destemmed. The grapes macerate for three weeks during fermentation. 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.