Chateau Gigognan 2009 Vigne du Regent Chateauneuf du Pape

Posted by Keith Wallace

Gigognan is a small producer with a short history; the winery was founded in 1996 by Anne and Jacques Callet in the outskirts of Chateauneuf du Pape.  While many well-known wineries are located near the town, Gigognan is located halfway to Avignon, in Sorgues.  While it may lack a posh zip code, it makes up for it in sheer quality.

Largely Grenache (65%) with some Syrah (35%), this wine is fermented in open-top cement tanks and bottled with minimal oak contact. A glass-staining red, the barest swirl sends a lavender-laced perfume flowing out. Aromas of eucalyptus and underbrush are buttressed with licorice and black pepper.  Full-bodied with broad notes of currant, garrigue, and fig, the density is deeply impressive, as is the length of its finish.  This is an open-knitted style of Rhone wine that drinks very well know but will continue to deliver delight and surprise over the next decade.

The winery had a new winemaking team in 2012, so there is no telling what direction they will be going in with the current vintage. Let’s hope they continue to produce such remarkable wines.

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