Back in Stock: Château Gigognan Châteauneuf du Pape Clos du Roi 2012

The red and white Côtes du Rhône from Château Gigognan are back in stock with the new 2013 vintage, as well as the Gigognan Cotes du Rhone 2013Châteauneuf du Pape Clos du Roi 2012. The Château Gigognan Châteauneuf du Pape Clos du Roi 2012 has gained an extra point from the 2010 vintage by the Wine Advocate; Jeb Dunnuck is raving about the estate and the quality of its wines:

“Kicking off the reds, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Clos du Roi is brilliant and showed much better from bottle than barrel. Made from 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah that was brought up all in concrete tanks, it offers classic Châteauneuf character in its darker berry fruits, truffle, wild herbs and olive-paste aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, with beautiful richness and depth, it’s an impressive, classic wine that will have 12-15 years of longevity. This is another estate that seems to be stepping up their game, and I was impressed with these latest releases.  91”

The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Clos du Roi ($35) is also my favorite to-date from Château Gigognan and a must-have for any wine aficionado. The Châteauneuf du Pape vineyards at Château Gigognan Clos du Roi and centennial vines Grenache at Cardinalice have been deemed certified organic by Ecocert since 2009.

The 2013 vintage in the Rhône Valley was, simply put, a really good year! The only one regret was the small quantity. The cold spring that year delayed the start of the growth-cycle and the harvest by an average of three weeks, but the grapes were in perfect health and the wines are showing superb quality and excellent balance.

Château Gigognan red Côtes du Rhône 2013 is priced at only $13, with adequate quantities available. This is the kind of wine I call “every-day-useful” and pairs perfectly with many dishes and is easy drinking on its own.

The Côtes du Rhône 2013 white is extremely limited, with all 28 cases we received distributed among our 140 locations, and no chance to reorder from our warehouse. Those who have tasted it want more of it, and at only $14 it won’t last a month. Don’t let it slip away!

Old vine Grenache at Clos du Roi, Château Gigognan.

Old vine Grenache at Clos du Roi, Château Gigognan.

Both the red and white Côtes du Rhône are made entirely from estate and sustainably grown fruit from a single plot of vineyard surrounding the old château. The current owners, Anne and Jacques Callet, acquired Château Gigognan in 1987. They have completely renovated the château and its cellars and started organic farming of the vineyards. All conditions for production of highest quality wines have been met:

  • Top-notch terroir
  • Organic farming
  • Completely renovated cellars
  • State-of-the-art vinification equipment

In 2011 the world-renowned oenologist Philippe Cambie came on board as the consulting winemaker. Philippe Cambie was named “World’s Best Oenologist” by Robert Parker in 2010.

Pick up a these wines while they’re still available!

Atanas Nechkov, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits wine supervisor

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