Well represented on American wine lists, this impassioned Gigondas doesn't pull any punches; it definitely has guts. Gigondas, just to the northeast of the better-known Châteauneuf-du-Pape, achieved appellation status in 1971; it had previously been bunched into the larger group of Côtes du Rhône Villages. There are so many—too many—wine adjectives out there, but if you make me choose one it would have to be “rustic;” this is a well made regional wine that reflects terroir, as they say in French, a word that is supposedly untranslatable but I see no reason not to simply call it “place.” The primary grape is Black Grenache, with complements of Mourvedre, Cinsault and I suspect some Syrah. The vines on the Trigonon estate are on average 35 years old.
Dark red. Intensely floral scents of lavender, rose, raspberry, cherry and garrigue Midweight red and dark berry flavors are firmed by zesty minerals and fine-grained tannins. The lively finish leaves sweet cherry and mineral notes behind