2017 Domaine du Grand Montmirail Gigondas Le coteau de mon reve
2017 Domaine du Grand Montmirail Gigondas Le coteau de mon reve, Red Rhone Blend from Gigondas, France.
The Wine Advocate scored this 96 points saying “With the 2017 Gigondas le Coteau de Mon Reve, Yves Cheron has taken his flagship property to another level. A blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, it’s full-bodied and rich yet remains exceptionally fine and elegant. Mouthwatering raspberries and blood orange notes are joined by star anise on the long, silky finish. Drink it anytime over the next decade.”
Gigondasis a village in the southern Rhône valley of France and an appellation for red and rosé wines. Both colors are made from up to 80 percent Grenache (according to the appellation laws), with at least 15 percent comprised of Syrah and Mourvèdre. Any
Denis Cheron acquired the Domaine du Grand Montmirail after moving to the Southern Rhône in the 1960s from Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits, where his son Yves was born and where he learned about winemaking with the delicate Pinot Noir grape. Yves took over operations in the 1980s. His philosophy is simple: small-production wines straight from the source.
The estate vineyards lie on 59 acres of AOC Gigondas hillsides and terraces, mostly Grenache vines (50+ years old) along with Syrah and Mourvèdre (20-year-old vines) are planted in red clay soils with a high proportion of rocky stones. They benefit from a sunny Southern exposure and are sheltered from the blistering Mistral wind by the cliffs, which form a natural amphitheater. The high altitude of the vineyards (1,300 ft.) means cool fresh nights to counter the heat. These natural conditions lead to a supple and elegant Gigondas wine.
This blend is three quarters Grenache from the 50+ year old vines on the estate vineyards. Traditional concrete tanks are used for fermentation and aging, letting the intensely concentrated old vine fruit do all the talking.