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Chateau Gigonan as a producer in Chateauneuf du Pape is relatively new property in the Southern Rhone Valley. The Callet bought the vineyard and founded the domaine in 1996.
Once the purchase was finalized, Jacques Callet instantly set about to renovate the property and build a new, modern cellar. They also moved to 100% organic farming for all their vineyards.
Chateau Gigonan Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Chateau Gigonan owns 30 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf du Pape. 29 hectares are sued for the production of red wine grapes. A whopping 1 hectare parcel of vines is reserved for planting white wine grapes. The Callet family also owns 42 hectares of vines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation. In 2010, Chateau Gigonan was certified agriculture biologique by Ecocert.
Chateau Gigonan produces 3 red, Chateauneuf du Pape wines and one Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc.
Chateau Gigonan Vigne du Regent is produced from 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. The wine is aged in foudres for 12 months. The production is close to 5,500 cases per year. The production is on average 2,000 cases per year.
Chateau Gigonan Cardinalice is produced from 100%, old vine Grenache. The majority of vines used to produce this cuvee are more than 100 years of age. Close to 500 cases are produced each year.
Chateau Gigonan Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Clos du Roi is a blend of 45% Roussanne, 32% Grenache Blanc, 18% Clairette and 5% Bourboulenc. The wine is aged in used, French oak barrels. The production is less than 250 cases per year.
When to Drink Chateau Gigonan, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Gigonan can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for about 1 hour, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Gigonan is usually better with 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 3-10 years after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Gigonan with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Chateau Gigonan is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Gigonan is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue and cassoulet. Chateau Giginan is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant, cheese and tomatoes.
The white wine of Chateau Gigonan is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Château Gigognan Wine Tasting Notes
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|2018||Château Gigognan Clos du Roi (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Flowers and spice join all the herbs, red fruits and smoked meat character. Fresh, round and medium-bodied, with a peppery, red berry, herb and green olive finish. 88 Points
970 Views Tasted Oct 12, 2020
|2016||Château Gigognan Cuvée Cardinalice (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Flowers, herbs, kirsch, black raspberry and licorice need little effort to find their way from your glass. On the palate, the rich wine is luscious, polished soft and fresh. There is concentration, energy and a nice saltiness in the fruity, plush finish. The super wine is created from 100% old vine Grenache. 94 Points
1,217 Views Tasted Sep 8, 2018
|2016||Château Gigognan Clos du Roi (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Strong garrigue, herb and olive notes with salinty and peppery red fruits are out in front before you find the ripe, dark red fruits. Those characteristics carry through from start to finish. The wine is made from 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. 92 Points
2,639 Views Tasted Sep 19, 2018
|2015||Château Gigognan Cuvée Cardinalice (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, fresh, spicy and delivering a liberal dose of Provencal herbs that only add to the fresh, sweet, ripe, red berries and kirsch that make up the wine. The wine is created from blending 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. 92 Points
1,209 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Château Gigognan Clos du Roi (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Ripe juicy black cherries and spice notes, soft, tannins and a core of sweet, red berries are what you find from start to finish in this already, tasty wine. The wine is made from 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. 90 Points
2,242 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2012||Château Gigognan Cuvée Cardinalice (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Spicy, candied red berries, polished silky textures and freshness leaves a solid impression. Made from a blend of 90% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah, the wine reached 14.5% alcohol. 90 Points
1,400 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2014
|2012||Château Gigognan Clos du Roi (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Ripe black raspberries with an array of spices, freshness with a peppery finish in an early drinking style. 88 Points
2,353 Views Tasted Sep 10, 2014
|2010||Château Gigognan Cuvée Cardinalice (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Forward in style, this lush, juicy, sweet, kirsch filled wine delivers a lot of bang for the buck, especially when you consider it comes from Grenache vines that are more than 100 years of age. 90 Points
1,086 Views Tasted Dec 20, 2014
|2009||Château Gigognan Vigne du Régent (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Already fun to drink, with its supple textured, kirsch, earth, jam, thyme and garrigue profile. 90 Points
2,145 Views Tasted May 20, 2015