Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2005 Gigondas Tradition is slightly more austere, tannic, and dusty. It is concentrated, elegant, and very much in the Yves Gras style of winemaking, but it doesnt have nearly the charm and finesse of the 2006. But as Gras says, 2005 gave the vignerons some of the highest acid levels they have ever seen. This wine needs 2-3 years of cellaring and should keep for 10-15. (Feb 2008)
Plots of vines planted exclusively on the
GIGONDAS Commune, in 8 differently named
regions (this ensures a large regularity in each vintage).
|Grenache 75%, Syrah 15%, Mourvèdre 5%, Cinsault 5%.
|By dint of faith and sheer hard work, the wine-growers of Gigondas have replaced the olive tree with the vine. They have thereby made a name for themselves.
Here, wild and uncommon, a bird watches over the domain : the Grand-duc owl which sings, (known as « Canta duc » in Provencal), his name has become over time « Santa Duc ».
Generous, fruity and concentrated, the vines reflect the soil and the way in which they are produced.