La Ferme du Mont - Gigondas 'Côte du Jugunda' 2010
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Gigondas is one of those appellations in the southern Rhône that perpetually flies underneath everyone's radar. It may never become a popular favourite, but that is perfectly fine with us.
Stéphane Vedeau is the winemaker here and his deft touch always brings a Burgundian finesse to his wines, even though Gigondas is known for yielding rich and expressive wines. We love the fresh minerality on the palate and the charming floral and herbaceous aromas. Bottled with low sulphites and farmed biodynamically.
Annual Production: 4,000 bottles
Blend: 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
Terroir: Red clay
Winemaking: 12 months in oak barrel (0% new)
Drinking Window: 2014-2024
91-93 Points The Wine Advocate
"Vedeau's 2010 Gigondas Cotes Jugunda was scheduled to be bottled shortly after my visit. Produced from 60-year-old vines (grown in a 5-acre parcel that is essentially decomposed limestone over a bed of red clay), it is a final blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, primarily aged in tank with a small quantity spending time in small barrels. Revealing exceptional potential, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as copious notes of mulberries, blueberries, black currants, licorice, flowers and damp forest floor. Full-bodied, pure and filled with personality, it should evolve effortlessly for 10-12 years." - Robert Parker
88-90 Points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"Opaque purple. Ripe dark berries and spices on the nose and palate. Deeply pitched, smoke-accented blackberry and cherry flavors are complicated by herbal and floral nuances. Shows good intensity on sappy, gently sweet, nicely persistent finish."
16.5/20 Jancis Robinson
La Ferme du Mont is a 50-hectare estate with vineyards dotted across the Rhone Valley, run entirely through non-interventionist principles. No chemicals or pesticides are ever used in their beautiful vineyards, and these wines represent absolute harmony.
There are many excellent winemakers in the Rhone, but Stéphane Vedeau is challenging the traditional hierarchy with his critically acclaimed wines. Many wines from Chateâuneuf du Pape (just 10 miles away) are getting remarkably expensive nowadays, leaving Gigondas as the insiders choice for fans of these beautiful Grenache-based wines.