Domaine Gour de Chaule Gigondas Cuvee Tradition 2020 (Southern Rhone, France) - [VM 96] [DM 94]
Domaine Gour de Chaule Gigondas Cuvee Tradition 2020 (Southern Rhone, France) - [VM 96] [DM 94]
Domaine Gour de Chaule Gigondas Cuvee Tradition 2020 (Southern Rhone, France) - [VM 96] [DM 94]

Domaine Gour de Chaule Gigondas Cuvee Tradition 2020
(Southern Rhone, France) - [VM 96] [DM 94]


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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 "Tradition":
Several important vineyard sites form this Gigondas, including Gour de Chaulé, Les Blaches, and Les Bousquets. The Grenache vines average well over a half century in age, with low yields of 30-32 hl/ha. The grapes are never destemmed and there is a 3 week cuvaison with a small amount of press juice added back to the cuvée. The wine is racked into large oak “foudres” after malo where it stays for approximately 18 months, being bottled—unfined and unfiltered—three years after harvest. The resulting wine is sturdy, braced with sweet, dusty tannins, and is intensely aromatic with notes of crushed white pepper, oriental spices and game.

Varietal Composition: 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre


Ratings & Reviews


96 Points - Vinous Media:

"Saturated ruby. Assertively perfumed, mineral-tinged red berry, cherry, lavender and incense scents show outstanding clarity and spicy lift. Concentrated yet lively black raspberry, cherry-cola, succulent herb and floral pastille flavors pick up a hint of spicy white pepper on the back half. The floral and red fruit notes shine on the strikingly long finish, featuring polished tannins and reverberating spice and mineral notes. All whole clusters. (Drink between 2027-2037)" - Josh Raynolds (Jan 2023)

94 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"Considerably more interesting on the nose than many Gigondas this year, revealing raspberry, cranberry and oregano. Full-bodied, but a fairly restrained tannic structure. Pure and harmonious, the alcohol is quite raised but otherwise the balance is good. Taken from 23 parcels around the appellation, hand-harvested, natural yeasts used, matured in concrete, foudres and old barriques. A good value option. (Drink between 2023-2033)" - Matt Walls (Oct 2021)