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Domaine Saint Gayan Gigondas Cuvée Fontmaria 2016

80% Grenache, 20% Syrah

North-West facing slopes at an altitude of 200 meters gives good acidity. Also, the longer maturing of the grapes gives an incredible complexity to this cuvée. Deep water reserves (“Fontmaria” refers to the water source on this plot) make it possible to withstand the driest of summers.

Aged 24 months in oak barrels – 12 months in new barrels then 12 months in older barrels. Its long aging adds finely woody and spicy notes. A deep colour and an unparalleled “sweetness” of red and black fruits makes it an exceptional cuvée. The Fontmaria cuvée is a wine for aging that requires a few years to reach an optimum. Best drunk from 6 to 12 years and will age longer.


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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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