Sunday, July 19, 2009


Gigondas is a charming small Provencal village in the southern Rhone region of France. Its name comes from Latin: "Jocunditas" means pleasantness and charm.

St Catherine d'Alexandrie, the village church, dates from the 11th century.

Gigondas lies at the foot of the " Dentelles de Montmirail," a mountainous ridge named for the lacy shape of its peaks. In the photo below, taken from one of these peaks, you can see my beautiful wife and the valley below carpeted with vineyards.

Gigondas wine is much like Chateauneuf du Pape but much less expensive. It's a very good buy.

We recommend " Moulin de la Gardette", the small family vineyard of Jean-Baptiste Meunier.
The average age of the vineyard is more than 30 years and it's grown without chemical weed killer. The grape harvest is handmade. Moulin de la Gardette wines are fruity, elegant , full-bodied and ages very well. Their price is very moderate. An excellent value!

La Petite Gardette 2007

Rich with fruit, smooth with a good lenght. An excellent inexpensive wine.

Gigondas "Cuvée Tradition" 2006

A full-bodied red. Grapes from vines between 20 and 60 years old.

Gigondas "Cuvée Tradition" 2007

80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Cinsault. wait 2 or 3 years before dinking it

Gigondas "Cuvée Ventabren 2006"

70% grenache, 20% syrah, 10% cinsault; deep ruby texture, nose of black fruits, it should drink for 15 years.

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What a lovely village! Thank you for the wine recommendations - I'm always on the lookout for those. :) And thank you also for following my blog. See you again soon!

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