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Gigondas wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Address: Provence
Country: France

The Gigondas appellation lies to the north of Carpentras on the western slopes of the fabulously jagged Dentelles de Montmirail. Gigondas was given its own appellation status in 1971 due to the increasing reputation of the powerful reds produced here. Previously it had Côtes du Rhône Villages (named village) status.
The village of Gigondas itself is a picture postcard perfect location and well-worth a visit.
The wines are mainly red with a few rosés based on mainly Grenache (80% is now allowed up from the previous 65%) blended with Cinsaut, Mourvèdre, and Shiraz. No whites are permitted under this appellation.
Another quirk of this appellation is that the percentages relate to planting not the amount of various grapes in a given wine. Thus Shiraz and Mourvèdre vines must constitute at least 15% of the plantings but there is no requirement that this same percentage appears in a given wine.
Other red grapes permitted in the broader Cotes du Rhone area are permitted but cannot exceed 10%. The one exception is Carignan which is not permitted at all in this appellation.
The label that attracts the most interest from this appellation is Domaine Raspail-Ay. Other labels to seek out are Domaine Les Pallieres, Domaine du Pourra, Domaine de Santa-Duc, Château du Trignon, Tardieu-Laurent and Domaine de Boissan.
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