Château du Trignon Gigondas Red 3 Liter, Rhone, France

The wine estate of Château 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 Châteauneuf 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: The nose is fruity, gourmand, relatively full and offers a slight freshness. It reveals notes of plum cream and crushed boysenberry associated with slight hints of black cherry, liquorice, as well as a discreet hint of toasted oak/chocolate hint and a very discreet hint of thyme (after aeration on the glass). The palate is fruity, mineral, tight, fresh, sleek and offers a slight tension, a slight suavity as well as fat. In the mouth this wine expresses notes of plum, crushed blackberry, black cherry and slight notes of chocolate associated with a discreet hint of clove. Tannins are well-built. Good length. There are slight touches of dark chocolate on the persistence.