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Domaine Saint Gayan Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016

Very old vines: 88% Grenache, 6% Syrah and 6% Mourvèdre

A small half hectare in the “La Janasse” area at the northern end of the appellation. This very old vineyard gives magnificent grapes obtained after very slow ripening and relatively late harvesting. Red clay, sand and large round stones.

From a small plot of 85 year old vines, this cuvée is marked by an incredible complexity – a lot of finesse without excessive heaviness. The wine is matured for a long period in small oak barrels and expresses spicy aromas together with complex notes of toast, musk and undergrowth. This silky Châteauneuf is a must with great cuisine, particularly with game dishes. Best drunk after 7 years.


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Producer profile

Roger Meffre commenced the bottling of his Gigondas wines in 1956 and later, his son Jean-Pierre and daughter-in-law, Martine commenced bottling of their Rasteau, Sablet and Côtes du Rhône wines. In 1987 they acquired a very small parcel of vines in the north-eastern section of Châteauneuf-du-Pape via a very a beneficial swap of table wine land near the Ouveze river that the Châteauneuf-du-Pape owner wanted to buy for his son to develop as a campsite! St Gayan cultivates a total of 34ha (84 acres) of vineyards with 16ha in Gigondas, 5ha in Rasteau, 1ha in Sablet, 0.75ha in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 10ha in Côtes du Rhône and 1 ha under the IGP designation. The Gigondas parcels are spread across different sites but mostly on the northern sector of the appellation, with parcels on the raised plateau of marne, limestone and sand, and parcels on the more limestone-rich slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail hills. The oldest grenache vines are over 100 years old and reserved for the cuvées “Fontmaria” and “In Nomine Patris”. Their main Gigondas cuvée “Origine” is one of my benchmark Gigondas wines – fine tannins, dried red fruits, wonderful complexity and a long, lingering finish held together by a delicate minerality.
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