2017 Château Gigognan "Clos du Roi" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1682730 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Wafting of garrigue, blackberries and dusty earth, there's so much to appreciate on the nose itself of this inky Grenache blend. Rounded and plush, it's richly packed with plummy black cherry and berry flavors that mesh into fine-grained but gripping tannins. A wine that should reach peak from 2022 to 2037 yet likely hold further still. (AI) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Clos Du Roi checks in as a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, and 15% Syrah brought up 10% new barrels, with the balance in old barrels and tank. A beautiful, gamey, Mourvèdre-dominated nose of currants, cracked pepper, tapenade, aged beef, and spice give way to a medium-bodied Châteauneuf Du Pape that has fine tannins, terrific balance, and just loads of complexity and character. It will keep for a decade. It's actually slightly more successful than the 2016. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

K&L Notes

Like many great estates, Château Gigognan has a long and storied past. The roots of the vineyards date back to the time of the Romans. Bishop Geoffroy of Avignon even had a hand in the estate in the twelfth century. The property's modern history began when Anne and Jacques Callet purchased the Clos du Roi domaine and began restoring the château. All through the 1990s, the Callets worked to rebuild the property and create a better-equipped cellar. As of 2009, the winery has been certified organic. In 2012, Philippe Cambie came on board to consult with the winemaking and rework some of the vineyard plantings. Jacques Callet passed away in July of 2016, and the property was purchased by Jean-Francois Henin in 2017. A new era began, and even greater restoration has taken place. A whole new production facility has been added, and winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt now leads the charge to establish the winery as one of the most exciting in the region. The "Clos du Roi" is primarily one large parcel with just a few tiny satellite parcels. Planted over galets (the classic round white stones of Châteauneuf-du-Pape), the terroir is located in the southern and driest part of the appellation. Composed of primarily Grenache and Syrah, the wine is aged in a mix of stainless steel and older wood. It is a pure and expressive version of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and a welcome addition to our Direct Import program.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2023 | Send Email
The wines of Gigognan continue to impress. The 2016 was one of our best selling Chateauneufs of all time. That wine was rich, yet balanced and continues to over-deliver for its price. I can happily say the same about the 2017. Most wine production has seen a marked increase in price but were able to keep the '17 right in line with the 2016. Thank goodness for the good will and quality winemaking at Gigognan. Even better they held back the 2017 for us as a later release. Now, with a few extra years of age under its belt, the 2017 is an absolute stunner of a wine, loaded with aromas of creme de mure, fig jam and violets. It has a layered complexity that continues to unfold in the glass, giving way to a creamy palate of blackberry, licorice and black olive. The finish is long, silky and sumptuous. This is one of the best expressions of a 2017 I have seen in some time, showing the ripeness of the vintage but with a seamless and balanced finish. Bravo!

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