A few days ago, I enjoyed a wonderful, wine-full evening with some friends. We decided to open a 2005 Clos Du Joncuas Gigondas double Magnum (3 liters). Today I want to share my thoughts about this wine with you.
Gigondas is a town in the southern Rhone Valley of France. Only a few kilometers southwest lies the world famous town Chateuneuf-du-Pape. Gigondas forms together with the village Vaucluse the appellation Gigondas AOC which was established in 1971. The name is of Latin origin and translates to “great pleasure”. There are tracks that indicate that vines were grown in Gigondas already during Roman times.
Gigondas regulations only allow the production of red or pink Grenache based wines that are often blended with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah. Because of their similar regulations Chateuneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas are quite similar. However, a comparable Gigondas costs usually much less than a Chateuneuf-du-Pape. Nevertheless, Gigondas wines are of exceptional quality and benefit from a Mediterranean climate. Furthermore, the Gigondas AOC regulations require wineries to use only healthy grapes. Whereas nearby appellations like Vacqueyras also allows the use of cheaper imperfect grapes.
Clos du Joncuas
Clos du Joncuas produces two red Gigondas, one pink Gigondas, a red Vacqueyras, as well as one white, one red and one sparkling wine from Seguret. The winery was founded in 1920 and recently switched to organic agriculture.
I became familiar with the wines from Clos du Joncuas a few months ago. Usually I don’t buy French red wine because I find it rather overpriced – especially compared to Italian, Spanish and Portuguese wine. A friend recommended me to try the Vacqueyras from Clos du Joncuas. I liked the wine a lot and the quality-price ratio wasn’t bad either. Expect the review for the Clos du Joncuas Vacqueyras within the next weeks. My friend informed me that Clos du Joncuas produces also a good Gigondas and that he has a double magnum bottle of one. We met together with some friends and gave the wine try.
Tasting Notes 2005 Clos Du Joncuas – ‘Gigondas’
The wine was opened two and a half hours before drinking. Unfortunately we had no decanter that was large enough to fit 3 liters of wine. Do decanters of that size even exist?
The cuvee of the ‘Gigondas’ is composed of Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault. Because the winery’s website is only French (and I don’t speak French that well) I couldn’t find out for how long the wine aged in oak. Probably somewhere between 12 and 24 months. The wine is classified as Gigondas AOC.
In the glass, ‘Gigondas’ had a garnet red color with ruby red hues. 13.5% was the label listed alcohol by volume. The bouquet was intense with aromas of blackberries, licorice and cherries. The nose lacked spices – especially compared to the winery’s Vacqueyras. Later on I smelled a few herbs, too. On the palate, ‘Gigondas’ was dry, crips and a little bit fruity. The wine had silky tannins. I tasted some coffee and cocoa. ‘Gigondas’ was powerful and full-bodied. Medium-long finale.
A double magnum bottle of the ‘Gigondas’ from Clos du Joncuas retails for 120€. The evening was lots of fun but the wine could have been a little bit better.
Have you tried this wine? How did you like it? and do you agree with me that most French red wines are overpriced? Let me know in the comment section below.