Chateau du Trignon Gigondas Red 2017, Rhone Valley, France

The wine estate of Chateau du Trignon was acquired in 1895 by Joseph Roux and run by his descendants until 2007, when Pascal Roux, a passionate winemaker, who had kept the quality of the wine at the highest levels, sold the vineyard to another esteemed Rhone Valley winemaker, Jerome Quiot, who also owned Domaine du Vieux Lazaret in Chateauneuf du Pape and Domaine Houchart in Provence. The Gigondas is from 3 terroirs: Soft clay and limestone, alluvium with shattered stones, and sapphire glass and sandstone. Winemaking: Partial de-stemming. Vatting time: 3-4 weeks. MLF and maturing in oak for a portion of this time. Grape varieties: Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah. Tasting notes: Gigondas offer a rich bouquet, with fine, fruity and spicy aromas and a sunny color ranging from ruby to dark garnet. The nose reveals a bouquet of red fruits and very ripe black fruits. On the palate, the Gigondas is full-bodied with a fleshy attack. The Grenache Noir releases all the expression of its power in this shimmering red wine with marked tannins, a structured body and a great aptitude for aging. Syrah and Mourvedre reinforce their garnet color and spice up their aromas.