2009 Cécile Chassagne Gigondas

SKU #1072830 89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a blend of 80% grenache and 10% each mourvedre and syrah) Dark ruby. Complex scents of cherry-cola, blackcurrant and tobacco, with a hint of star anise. On the serious side and slow to open, offering bitter cherry, dark berry liqueur and herb flavors that gain sweetness with air. Chewy tannins add grip to the smoky, alluringly sweet finish.  (1/ 2011)

K&L Notes

One of the most elegant and fine tuned southern Rhones to hit our shelves has to be this 2009 Gigondas from vigneronne Cecile Chassagne. Over the past decade, K&L has carried a diverse selection of Grenache-based reds from this talented winemaker. And whether it be a deliciously juicy Cotes du Rhone or a spicy Provencal red, Cecile's wines never disappoint. Her latest release is this delicous Gigondas which is composed of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre. The vineyard is in the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail and on some of the higher terraces of the appellation. At a modest 13.5% abv, Cecile's Gigondas represents a more elegant style from the juicy 2009 vintage. It's aromatic bouquet reveals nuances of red plum, cherry and raspberry on both the nose and palate. Medium bodied, with ultra fine tannins and an uncharacteristically crunchy acidity make for a delicious and vibrant Rhone red. Try it with black olive and tomato baked chicken or grilled lamb sausage. 13.5% abv.

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2012  | Send Email
While the fabled reputation of Chateauneuf du-Pape guaranteed an AOC declaration way back in 1936, about 20km away to the northeast Gigondas was relegated to glacial obscurity within Côtes du Rhône, finally achieving full AOC status in 1971. The name Gigondas derives from the ancient Latin term 'Jucunditas', meaning joy and jubilation— how fitting for sun-kissed Rhône reds that deliver uninhibited pleasure when young, maturing into refined elegance as they gracefully age. The Cécile Chassagne is an excellent Grenache-dominated Gigondas, proving once again that location plays an essential role in creating great wine. Growing beneath the dramatic, broken dog teeth of the Dentelles de Montmirail, the vineyards are given partial defense against direct sunlight, allowing the grapes to ripen gradually. While attractively juicy and aromatic in its wreath of dark cherry, blackberry and raspberry fruits, it is not without nuance and will continue to evolve— telltale thyme, a hint of meat and white pepper backgrounded by sweeter spice.
Top Value!

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/31/2012  | Send Email
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As one of our first tastings of the year, my tasting group (Wednesday Night Fatally Flawed Palates) did a Southern Rhone Valley 2009 tasting of some of the best and greatest producers. This tasting, which included Vieux Telegraph, Andre Brunel, Mordoree Lirac “La Reine Des Bois, and Domaine Grand Veneur, Clos de Sixte” Lirac, this Gem finished second only several points back behind the Mordoree Lirac, with my score being first and at 19 ½ points out of 20 (U. C. Davis points). This is a classic southern Rhone Valley wine with opulent aromas of cassis, currants, white pepper, mocha, blueberry ,and game-like fruit, that carries across to a broad, lush, well-integrated, balanced mouthfeel, and a long, mouth-filling palate. This Gem, according to Rusty, will be our house red for the month and thereafter. 13.5% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2012 to 2020

By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/30/2011  | Send Email
What do you do when a friend gives you a bunch of venison. You make chili of course. Now what do you pair with it. Well, I for one went with Cecile Chassagne. It has that rustic, earthy quality that will stand up to the venison. The big black fruit that will hold up with the spices. Enjoy!!

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/23/2011  | Send Email
Cecile Chassagne is one of the most exciting young winemakers in France today. She has been a great friend to K&L, producing vintage after vintage of great wines for our customers to enjoy. The 2009 Domaine Cécile Chassagne Gigondas is the latest offering. At $19.99 this is a terrific value in a Gigondas. And the 2009 vintage is probably the best since 2005. It has more fruit than 2006 and more structure than 2007. A great match for anything slow-cooked: roasted, braised, stewed or smoked.

 By: Rick "3Chopsticks" Wong |  Review Date: 4/1/2012 
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Slight but attractive nose like smoked meat. Medium body. Savory, tangy, full flavors. Reminds me of au jus. Med deep purple-red color.

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 12/17/2011 
Dark ruby in the glass. The nose is a sweet perfume of raspberry ganache, loamy soil & the faintest hint of tobacco leaf & pepper. This is the softest, most approachable Gigondas I have tried. Everything is in balance. Should be an excellent companion for decorating the Xmas tree tonight.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Gigondas

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5