2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Château du Gigognan "Vigne du Régent"
Several years back, Château Gigognan decided to change directions and produce the top-flight Châteauneuf du Pâpes that the terroir is capable of. The owner, Jacques Callet, took on his friend Eloi Dürrbach of Domaine de Trévallon, to guide the chateau through this process. First step, now complete, was to transition the vineyards over to a biodynamic farming system. This, combined with lower yields and a modern winemaking facility, make for an estate that has for the last couple of years been producing some of the best wines of the appellation. Nothing has been left to chance. The 2005 Vigne du Régent is composed of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah from vineyard plots in and around the lieu dits of La Nerthe and Petite Bastide. The average vine age here is 36 years. After hand harvesting, each variety is fermented separately in stainless steel and wooden tanks. The wine then spends 24 months ageing in cement tanks before bottling. The Vigne du Régent Châteauneuf du Pape is immediately accessible, and will drink well now and over the next 5 years. Crushed red berry fruits, star anise, warm stone and spice notes place this deep red unmistakenly in the south of France. Enjoy with pistachio crusted leg of lamb and roasted root vegetables.