Deep coppery red color robe with complex nose of brandied fruits and peppery spice. Well-structured, dense and rich with a long, spicy finish.This Gigondas 1/2Sainte-Catherine» wine highlights the Gabriel Meffre savoir-faire in producing expressive and elegant wines, truly representing the Southern Rhone Valley terroirs.CompositionThis Gigondas comes from old vines, it is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault grapes. The calcareous soil contains fallen rocks from foothills of Dentelles de Montmirail. With a Southern French climate renowned for its contrasts; it endures the summer heat and violent Mistral winds. VinificationThis wine is hand-harvested and meticulously sorted. The grape varieties are fermented separately to develop their individual characteristics. The fermentation on skins lasts for about 3 weeks to obtain a heightened aromatic extraction. The fermentation is done in vats, with a strict control of temperatures (28 to 31°C maximum). The wine is racked off and undergoes malolactic fermentation. It is aged 18 months in barrels.
A step up, the 2012 Gigondas Sainte Catherine is the same traditional, tank-aged blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault as the 2011. It possesses a pretty, perfumed and elegant style, with notions of lavender, sweet red cherries, flower and underbrush flowing to a medium to full-bodied, rich and nicely textured wine that has no hard edges and solid length on the finish. It should be an outstanding wine and have a decade of longevity.