Châteauneuf's Little Brother

Châteauneuf's Little Brother

You could say that the Appellation of Gigondas lives in the shadow of its more famous neighbour, Châteauneuf-du-pape, but that would be doing it a disservice. For those in the know, the wines produced here can rival the Rhone's big guns for flavour, finesse and price. I've found in recent years that the market has been saturated with Châteauneuf, to the detriment of this wine's reputation.

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Quite often I see them being drunk/sold too young, or just produced cheaply - something you're less likely to find with Gigondas.

Gigondas AOC

Situated in the Southern Rhone, Gigondas enjoys a Mediterranean climate as opposed to the more continental climate to in the North. The extra warmth allows for increased grape ripeness and as such varieties such as Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault produce wines with a rich and spicy character. 

Pierre Amadieu

The current Pierre is the Grandson of the wineries founder and he has inherited an interesting approach to wine-making from his namesake:

"I am not a follower of over-extracted wines and often "heavy" to taste ; my ambition is rather to obtain well-balanced wines with a Burgundy fineness."  

This, for me, sums up exactly what good quality Rhone reds are all about. Too often I come across these wines and it's all about packing as much body, richness and spice as possible, leaving us with something that is clunky and overpowering. Pierre is successful in combining utilising the natural richness with an elegance that allows the nuances of flavour to shine through, his wine really is a triumph. 

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