Winery: Domaine du Grand Montmirail
Bottling: 2007 Gigondas “Les Deux Juliette” (80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre)
Importer: Charles Neal Selections
Sub-Region: Gigondas, Southern Rhone Valley
Estimated Retail Price: $20
Purchase Details: Purchased for around $20 at the Arlequin Wine Merchant in Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco.
Tasting Notes: Visually, this wine sports a maroon, red brick hue. On the nose, aromas of garrigue, smoke, violets and cherry liqueur. On the palate, flavors of dusty raspberry, cherry, licorice, charcoal, pepper, spice and warm rocks. Medium-bodied, caressing tannins and a nice seamless flow of flavor from beginning to end.
The grapes for this wine are hand-harvested, oak is not used in the aging process, sulphur is minimized and the wine is only lightly filtered. I’m liking this wine, especially a Gigondas at this price.
Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Beef stews, roasted meats – especially game, onion soup and sausages. Try backyard bbq fare, if it’s something that’s thrown on the grill.
Winery & Other Background Information: The domaine was purchased by Denis Cheron at a time when the Cheron family were negociants in the nearby Vacqueyras region. When the owner of Montmirail, a grower who supplied grapes to the Cheron family decided to retire, he chose to sell the property to his close friend Denis, amidst the many offers he was receiving from other prospective buyers. The domaine is now run by Denis’ son, Yves. A nice case of being at the right place at the right time.