Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Wine of the Week - Domaine du Terme Gigondas

This week's featured wine comes to us from the South of France in the Rhône Valley. Gigondas has been an up-and-coming appellation for a while now (some might even say that it's arrived) and Domaine du Terme makes a textbook bottling that shows the power and balance this area has to offer. Of the 2015 vintage, Josh Raynolds, writing for Vinous says: "Vivid ruby. Ripe blue fruits, pungent flowers and a spicy nuance on the deeply perfumed nose. Plush and open-knit, offering sweet boysenberry and cherry flavors that firm up slowly on the back half. A lavender note lingers on a very long, smooth finish shaped by fine-grained, even tannins."

Located in the foothills of the Montmirail Mountains, Domaine du Terme is managed by Anne-Marie Gaudin and her father Rolland, who purchased their first vines in Sablet some forty years ago. Anne-Marie began making the wines in 1987 after earning her oenology degree in Mâcon. Her father, Rolland, who has also been the mayor of Gigondas for over a decade, still consults in the vinification and viticulture process. Anne-Marie believes one must be “flexible, pragmatic, and intuitive” to make quality wine, and have a good connection to the earth. Gaudin does not use any pesticides or herbicides as a matter of course, but not necessarily because she wants to be identified with the organic movement. She simply believes that the best grapes come from the best management of the vineyard. As a result her wines are rich, textured, and exceptionally pure.

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