I very rarely buy, order or drink French wines. For 'old world' wines I have always enjoyed those from Italy and Spain and paid little attention to wines from France. There have been some I have enjoyed, like Beaujolais, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône and some Bordeaux and one in particular that I had a few years ago, a Gigondas. So, on my last wine shopping spree I picked up a bottle of E.Guigal Gigondas 2007 ($24)
Gigondas is situated right under the rugged, rocky range of the
Dentelles de Montmirail. The region, once a Cotes-du-Rhone village, earned
its own appellation in 1971. Producing reds and rosés, Gigondas creates
top quality reds sometimes rivaling its southwest neighbor, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
There are days when I get home from work and just want to sip with a nice wine, relax and catch up with on my e-mails and social networking. Tonight I decided to open up and sip on my lone bottle of French wine, the Gigondas, a blend of Grenache (60%), Mourvèdre (30%), and Syrah (10%).
A nice dark garnet red color filled the glass. Aromas were awesome. Started with a little licorice and herbs and then lot's of fruit. Some blackberry, blueberry and a little cherry. In the mouth the blackberry, red raspberry, some cherry and currant flavors were prevalent with some added herbs and a hint of black pepper. The finish was very smooth with a little smoke and the finish was long. This wine was delicious.
After a few sips, I grabbed a few bites of sharp cheese and then a freshly baked chocolate cookies and the wine was still awesome.
I can't say enough about this wine. It rivals those from it's neighboring and more popular Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but is far less expensive. I do doubt that this will swing me over to trying other French wines, but for now, I am a fan of Gigondas. Then again, I have heard that the French do make some great wines, so I just may give a few more a try.