Gigondas

Gigondas was once known as 'Jucunditas' meaning 'joy and jubilation' in Latin. It's is a French wine Appellation (AOC) in the southern Rhône wine region, in the south of France. Primarily red wines are produced in the region, with a small amount of rosé wine also produced, though no white wines are labelled with the Gigondas appellation (AOC)

The Gigondas AOC wines are produced exclusively in the commune of Gigondas in Vaucluse and are generally made from Grenache (maximum of 80%) and a minimum of 15% each of Syrah and Mourvedre (GSM). Small amounts (up to 10%) of other sanctioned varieties are permitted, but Carignan is not allowed.

The region's terroir comprises a hot and dry Mediterranean climate (not unlike that of McLaren vale - a new world region well known for premium Grenache) and a mix of limestone soils (on the Montmirail hills to the east) and sandy, rocky free-draining soils to the north and west.

Due to the region's warmth (significantly warmer than Châteauneuf-du-Pape) the wines produced can carry rather high alcohol volumes and be full-bodied. When handled well, and by great producers, some exceptional wines can be borne of the region.
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