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Brotte Gigondas "La Marasque" red 2016

VARIETIES : Majority of Grenache, Syrah

YIELD : 35 hl/ha

NUMBER OF BOTTLES  : 17 000 b.

 

HISTORY AND VINEYARD :

“LaMarasque” : The name of a quality cherry, with acidity, renown for the making of Marasquin liqueur. A tribute to the unique cherry liqueur flavour of the “cuvée”.

The village Gigondas received its ‘cru’ status in 1971, one of only nine villages in the  Southern Rhône to do so. Located between Orange and the Mont Ventoux the appellation spreads over the south-west facing hillsides of the “Dentelles de Montmirail”, and its surrounding dales. Sand and blue marls are covered with white stones which increase sun exposure. The intensity of the latter develops the richness of tannins and polyphenols.  This asset is crucial to the area as the vineyards can reach an altitude of 400m, which often means a late maturation of the berries.

 

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION :

Sustainable viticulture with ploughing and harvesting by hand. Traditional vinification with partial de-stalking and a gentle crushing . The maceration last 4 weeks with alcoholic fermentation at high temperature (around 28°C) in order to obtain a good extraction of the grapes substance. Following the malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged in 100 year old oak vats during 12 months, with a percentage in French oak barrels.

TASTING NOTES:

“Great Richness”

Colour –Dark ruby

Nose  Good intensity with notes of spices, red stone fruits, vanilla, liquorice and raisins.

Palate Complex, powerful and generous with hints of cherry liqueur, black and red fruit jam. This flamboyant wine shows perfect harmony between nose and palate.

 

FOOD AND WINE MATCHING :

Serve at 17°C. Open 4 houirs  in advance

Enjoy with wild boar terrine, beef stew with carrots, poultry dishes, tuna steak in red wine sauce. Our Gigondas matches also spicy dishes such as Indian and Mexican cuisine.

VINTAGE : 2016 : An exceptional year. The reds are aromatic, powerful, round, fine and balanced, while the whites display freshness, unctuosity, full body and great length. 2015 : An excellent vintage. The wines have very long ageing capacity, or can be enjoyed as of today. Very well balanced, fruity, flavoursome wines, with noticeable fine tannins for the reds, spicy and aniseed finales for the whites.

 

ACCOLADES

Vint.2016 : PARKER 90-92 – JEB DUNNUCK 88-90

Vint. 2015 : WINE SPECTATOR 92 - PARKER 88-90 - JANCIS ROBINSON 16.5/20 – BETTANE +DESSEAUVE 15/20

Vint. 2014 : JANCIS ROBINSON 16/20 - PARKER 89 - WINE SPECTATOR 89 - GUIDE HACHETTE DES VINS sélection

 

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