93 Insider Points
Gigondas is Barbeque Heaven
Rhone wines are fun not just for their blend of flavors, but also for what those flavors do when paired with savory foods. Get yourself ready for a weekend of deliciousness.
Peppery pomegranate on the nose. The palate has red cherry, cranberry, dragonfruit and refined syrup coming through textured tannins. A hint of earth comes through a berry filled finish. We went to a pig roast this weekend, pairs excellently with barbecue pork.
93 Points - JZ April '18
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Gigantic—a word intrinsically linked to this favorite Direct Import—it's also a fitting description of this Rhône find. Gigondas reds are known for their largesse, as are wines from neighboring Châteauneuf du Pape. In Gigondas, however, generosity is paired with elegance. And serious value, too. Having just landed, this new vintage shows us again that Domaine La Guintrandy is a consistent go-to for the region.
Here's what makes this wine impressive:
· According to the Wine Spectator: “The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year,” and Parker’s Wine Advocate rated the 2011 vintage “Excellent” for the Southern Rhône.
· Gigondas fruit is grown at a considerably higher elevation than that of Châteauneuf du Pape, which means the finished wine is generally brighter toned with more elegance.
· The terroir of this Rhone AOC is notably high in limestone, thanks to the nearby Dentelles de Montmirail—a craggy mini mountain range that looms just above the vineyards.
· At the heart of this (and every Gigondas) is the mighty Grenache grape—a classic grown throughout Southern France and much of Spain and a variety known for its bright raspberry character and distinct notes of white pepper.
Consider this from the New York Times: “The southern Rhône is known for its warm, generous, heady wines. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous among them… but Châteauneufs nowadays can also seem overly powerful and fruity depending on the style of the producer. They are also expensive. Gigondas, by contrast, tend to be a little fresher and gentler in potency and price than Châteauneuf, while retaining many of the characteristics that come from the Mediterranean climate and the bright Provençal sun.
Notes of spice and plum come to mind when tasting this wine.
*invino maintains excellent cellaring conditions, and strives to sell every bottle in pristine condition. As is standard industry practice, any wine purchased over seven vintage years old, is sold "as is" and may not be returned for any reason.
From the winery:
La Guintrandy is a wine estate situated on one of the most prestigious "terroir" or soils of Visan. "Le Devès." Practically all of our wines, including the rosé, are unfiltered and in order to preserve the bouquet and authenticity of certain wines, produced from the oldest red wines.
We have quite intentionally reduced the SO2 content of our wines in order to respect theist integrity and to avoid dry flavours (and headaches) that are so often to be found in other wines. The domaine "La Guintrandy" is situated at the gateway to the "Enclave des Papes" in the commune of Visan and Tulette. It is a modern vineyard steeped in history ; indeed, in 1966 the remains of Saracen burial ground were discovered on the land.
The name Guintrandy is derived from the Visigoth word Guntran, this place name found in the archives of the abbey of Cluny, which owned the land in around the year 1000. A well-preserved thirteenth century papal boundary stone marks the beginning of the domaine and the borderline between the modern Departments of the Drôme and the Vaucluse.
Later in time the Guintrandy family, nobles from Visan were to become the owners of the land and to settle in the Rue des Nobles ; though they cannot be raced after the middle of the 18th centuries. Since 1850 the domaine has been a family estate and Marie-Claude and Olivier Cuilleras are the fifth and sixth generation of owner winegrowers. The vineyard which crosses the Visan hamlet of Devès and the Tulette hamlets of Combes and Saint-Léger is situated at an altitude of between 180 and 230 meters on calcareous clay which lends itself particularly to wine growing.
This wine will pair well with barbequed meat, casseroles, game dishes.