My fellow journalists at Café Bouled tried to discourage me, saying words that my subconscious somewhat agreed with: ‘How could you taste Gigondas after Sauternes? Sweet before full red-bodied wines?
Not for me, they said.
I explained that I was originally from New Orleans and am always up for the challenge.
Elevation is roughly 2000 feet (600 meters).
No white wines are produced in Gigondas..
Secondary grapes are normally Syrah or Mourvedre.
The other grapes that are allowed for blending include Cinsault, Clairette, Terret Noir, Couroise and Picardan.
Essentially the wines have depth and finesse with a freshness you get from the Grenache varietal. All the wines I sampled were from the 2010,11’ and 12’ vintages. Most were in the range of 14% alcohol.
In fact, on Wednesday night, November 20th, Quality House Wine & Spirits on 33rd Street between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue (212) 532-2944 is hosting ‘A Night of Gigondas With Domaine Les Goubert, from 6-8pm ($25).
Light Hors d’oeuvrs will be served with special wines from the vineyard.