Vignerons de Caractere is one of the top co-operatives in the Southern Rhone. They have been making a rather strong push into the US markets of late, especially in the Mid-Atlantic region. While being a co-op often means lower quality wines, that is not the case here. It does mean, however, that the wines are very well priced, including this Gigondas bottling.
The 2010 “Cuvee Prestige” shows a great deal of panache. Full-bodied, it marries a dense and lush structure with a classic Gigondas minerality and “sweetness of fruit,” as many local winemakers say. Dark fruit and mincemeat, along with espresso, rule the palate, while blueberry and dried leaves dominate the aromas. The finish is lean and clean, with brighter cranberry flavors and quince coming forward along with a touch of tobacco.
Gigondas is one of the great crus of the Southern Rhone, on par or surpassing Chateauneuf du Pape in sheer quality. This bottle is an excellent introduction to the region.
2 thoughts on “Vignerons de Caractere 2010 “Cuvee Prestige” Gigondas”
I think you’re letting your love of this (admittedly great) region cloud your judgement here – this wine was flat and boring. Probably the worst Gigondas I’ve had. Others I know had similar views.
Unlikely, as this wine was tasted blind. However, there have been reports of significant bottle variations in certain shipments. That may mean some of the wine was stored improperly.