2009 Domaine de la Jaufrette Gigondas (Previously $40)

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A gem from Gigondas, the Jaufrette is 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from an exciting vintage. It’s held in the winery’s own cellar until it’s ready for release. Blackberries, Maraska cherries, garrigue, cocoa powder and coffee lead to a mouthfilling wine. The more this opens, the more you’re pulled in. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhone buyer) More on the domaine, from the importer, Paris Wine Company: "The wines of Domaine de la Jaufrette are resolutely old-fashioned, as the domaine has refused to change the winemaking style since the André and Paulette Chastan moved to Orange in the 1950s. The couple both came from winemaking families in the Southern Rhone (André from Vaqueyras, Paulette from Gigondas), but they wanted to create their own domaine, so as a young married couple, they purchased land just on the edge of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and planted 5 hectares of Cotes-du-Rhone. Over the next decades, they took over the nearby family vineyards in Vacqueyras and Gigondas, purchased a few others, and in the 1980s, their son Alain was able to add a few hectares of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Today, the Domaine de la Jaufrette is run by Alain’s son Frederic, who has maintained the same traditional winemaking philosophy."

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
Like their Cotes du Rhone, this is a classic Southern Rhone that we highly recommend. The Gigondas showcases a complex array of raspberry, cherry, leather, tea and a hint of licorice on both nose and palate with Grenache taking center stage. It's juicy and flavorful with pleasant grippy tannins on a long finish. This truly lights up with richer dishes. Outstanding!

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
One of my favorites producers from the Rhône, always making balanced wines. The Gigondas it's for me the top choice due to its complexity. Dark berries, cocoa, some roasted notes and exotic spices. Very elegant too. Quite a pairing with something like a Sunday Roast or a Coq-au-Vin.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2016 | Send Email
A sense of place, in this case, the galette-riddled ribbon of earth that comprises the vineyards of Gigondas, certain to deliver some of the finest, most memorable Grenache-based wines in the Southern Rhône, where the sturdy, tradition-born wines of Domaine Jaufrette are allowed to slowly mature for several years in vat, barrel and bottle before release. Few winemakers spend literally this much time nurturing their 'offspring', and it shows in the velvety texture and depth of this excellent vintage. Possessing deft aromas of mulberry, black plum and sous-bois, with a dark core of fleshy fruit and cocoa underpinned by supple tannins, this wine will complement rich beef dishes or savory autumnal stews. Reward yourself with a bottle, you won't regret it. ​

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2016 | Send Email
The Gigondas is probably my favorite of the three wines to drink right now. It has a nose of deep roasted cherry with fresh tilled earth and roasted cocoa nibs. There is a lot to like here with a supple texture and generous palate. It is still old school in a sense; I like to equate this to the Rioja-school of winemaking (without the coconut and dill nuances). This is persistent on the palate and the wine just keeps giving. I spent a few days with a bottle and even at the end, the wine just kept giving more. My highest recommendation!

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 (%): 14
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