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 of the well knows 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 a very limited amount of 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 has 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.