2015 will go down in history as one of the best vintages ever, not just in Bordeaux and Burgundy but throughout all wine regions of France. The nearly perfect weather conditions last year have given the opportunity for the creation of some truly exceptional wines; everything tasted thus far has been beyond expectations.
The first 2015 red wine to appear on our shelves is the Côtes du Rhône from Château Gigognan. In the Southern Rhône valley weather condition are more stable than Burgundy, and for that reason the consumer is never disappointed by a bad vintage in the region; the Côtes du Rhône wines from a good producer always represent a sure value.
I also tasted for the first time the 2015 Château Gigognan Côtes du Rhône red ($12.99) at Prowein this spring. What we have here is not a Côtes du Rhône, but a Châteauneuf du Pape for the price of a Côtes du Rhône! This wine has achieved an unprecedented concentration of fruit and polyphenols in a nearly perfect balance and sits on the very top of the quality pyramid.For those who have never had a Côtes du Rhône, here is your opportunity to start with the very best; and for all fans of Rhône wines (I call these wines “everyday-useful”), this is the vintage to double up on.
Château Gigognan has over-delivered again. I can’t wait to taste the 2015 Clos du Roi Châteauneuf du Pape in the future. The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Clos du Roi ($32.99) is the current vintage and is also available. The Châteauneuf du Pape vineyards at Château Gigognan Clos du Roi and the centennial vines Grenache at Cardinalice are certified organic by Ecocert since 2009.
The current owners, Anne and Jacques Callet, acquired Château Gigognan in 1987. They 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 and 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 one of these stunners up soon because they often go out of stock!
Atanas Nechkov, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Wine & Spirits Super
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