Domaine Gour de Chaule Cotes du Rhone Rouge La Vigneronne 2021 (Southern Rhone, France)
Domaine Gour de Chaule Cotes du Rhone Rouge La Vigneronne 2021 (Southern Rhone, France)

Domaine Gour de Chaule Cotes du Rhone Rouge La Vigneronne 2021
(Southern Rhone, France)

Regular price $35.00 Sale price $22.97 Save $12.03

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About the Winery:
The Domaine Gour de Chaulé, situated in the heart of the village of Gigondas, was founded in 1900 by Eugene Bonfils, the great-grandfather of the current proprietor, Stephanie Fumoso. All the wine produced at the estate was sold in bulk to negociants until 1970 when Madame Rolande Beaumet, Eugene’s daughter and the grandmother of Stéphanie, began to bottle a small percentage of the estate’s wine for sale to private clients. Madame Beaumet’s daughter, Aline Bonfils, ascended to the head of the domaine in the early 1980s and it was under the direction of Aline that the tradition of estate bottling expanded significantly. 

The domaine comprises 15 hectares, 10 of which are within Gigondas with the remaining 5 hectares situated in the surrounding communes of Vacqueyras and Violes. Aline Bonfils believes strongly in Grenache as the heart and soul of Gigondas and she has transmitted this philosophy to her daughter, Stéphanie. Thus, 85% of the vineyards are planted to Grenache, with approximately 10% dedicated to Syrah and Mourvèdre and the remainder planted to Cinsault. Further, this family has always conducted their affairs with the understanding that minimal intervention in the vineyards and in the cave is essential to preserving the essential character of the wines of this important appellation. Note, particularly, that the red wines here are produced from grapes that are not destemmed, an approach that we believe is essential to provide the classic character of Gigondas.

About "La Vigneronne":
A small amount of Côtes du Rhône is produced from the vineyards owned by the estate in the communes of Vacqueyras and Violes. As with the more noble Gigondas, this cuvée is based almost exclusively on the Grenache grape (approximately 90% of the blend annually). It is vinified in a fashion similar to the Gigondas except that the élevage is less long. This is to say that there is an extended cuvaison with stems included, malolactic is done in cuve and the wine sees a brief stay in large foudres before being bottled eighteen months after harvest without fining or filtration.

This is an uber small production wine from the Domaine, made of approximately 90% Grenache. Legally they can label it as AOC Vacqueyras, this is a fun small bottling from this legendary Gigondas producer!

Serve a bit cool. This rare and delicious Cotes-du-Rhone is a superb value.