Alain Jaume - Gigondas "Terrasses de Montmirail" - red - 2016 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
Gigondas Terrasses de Montmirail shows why everyone is excited about the 2016s
in the Southern Rhône. A full-bodied, rich, and velvety wine, it comes close to
being chocolaty and fudge-like without closing that border, instead of delivering
dark plum and cherry fruit, dusty, earthy notes and savory spice. It
should drink well for a decade or more.
”Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate
In the 14th century, during their stay in Avignon, the popes built a papal castle in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Impressed by the area's exceptional “terroir”, they planted vineyards around the castle on terraces covered with smooth rounded pebbles. Established in the northern part of Châteauneuf du Pape, the Jaume family has been dedicated to the art of wine-growing since 1826. This venerable profession is their legacy, but above all it is their passion, requiring discipline, perseverance and a respect for nature and the challenges she presents them with. Their aim, as skilled wine growers, is to produce, carefully and lovingly, wines that are intense, rich and complex and that reflect and embody the wonderful terroir of the southern Rhône Valley.
Soil type: Located in and around the famous area called “Dentelles de Montmirail”, the landscape typicity is made by a rocky bar (between 100 and 600 meters high). Soils are made of clay and sand with limestone. The “Dentelles” appeared thanks to the pressure between the Pyrenees and Alps montains. This is a land of predilection to produce both powerful and fresh wines. Nights are cooler and the grapes ripeness usually comes in late september.
Grape variety: Grenache mostly, Syrah, Mourvèdre by less than 15%.
Winemaking & ageing: Traditional wine-making in stainless and concrete vats. Crushed and destemmed grapes. Average of 18 days of vatting with pigeages. Ageing in vats mostly and oak barrels. Bottling after 12 – 14 months.