Red, Ready, but will improve

2012 Gigondas, Domaine d'Ouréa

2012 Gigondas, Domaine d'Ouréa

Red | Ready, but will improve | Domaine d'Ourea | Code:  23278 | 2012 | France > Rhône > Gigondas | Southern Rhône Blend | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 14.5 % alcohol


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WA - Nevertheless, I like the fruit here and I think another year in bottle will help. I have no such reservations about the 2012 Gigondas however, and it looks absolutely stunning. The same blend and elevage as the 2011, it offers knockout notes of cassis, black cherries, licorice and sappy flowers to go with full-bodied richness and depth on the palate, without ever seeming heavy or cumbersome. It’s more than a little impressive and should be a classic Gigondas with 12-15 years of longevity. Don’t miss it!

Created in 2010 and covering 18 hectares, this up-and-coming estate is run by Adrien Roustan, who spent time in both Burgundy and California making wine. While his 2011s are quite strong, his 2012s appear to be a step up.

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Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate #210, Dec 2013

The Producer

Domaine d'Ourea

Domaine d'Ourea

Adrien Rousten is a vigneron’s vigneron; passionate, committed and almost protective of his vines, which cover five hectares in Gigondas and 10 in Vacqueras the latter located high above the village, on the border with Beaumes-de-Venise.

Domaine d'Ouréa is farmed with strict biodynamic principles.

The Grape

Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

The Region



Gigondas has been renowned for the quality of its wines since Roman times, although it was not really until it was classified as a Côtes du Rhône Villages in 1966 that it began to realise its potential.  It achieved AC status in 1971 and today produces some of the finest, most underrated and under-priced wines in the Rhône valley; although, for the last two of these at least, probably not for much longer.

Gigondas' 1,200-hectare of rugged vineyards are located east of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, beneath the famous mountains of Dentelles de Montmirail. Gigondas produces sumptuous, plummy reds with a good structure and a sprinkle of pepper. It is similar to (if a touch less slick than) good Châteauneuf-du-Pape which, at its best, it can challenge and even surpass.

Made with a maximum of 80 percent Grenache, combined with at least 15 percent Syrah and/or Mourvèdre, the rest can be made of any of the varieties authorized for Côtes du Rhône – apart from Carignan. The wines can normally be broached after two to three years, while the best repay ageing for 10 years or more. The region also produces dry, Grenache-dominated rosés which are good but can sometimes lack a little vitality.

Recommended Producer: La Bastide St VincentDomaine Montirius

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