A double Magnum Experience: 2005 Clos Du Joncuas – Gigondas AOC

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 AOC

GigondasGigondas 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.

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2005 Clos do Joncuas - Gigondas with Box AOC

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.

2005 Clos Du Joncuas - Gigondas AOCIn 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.

3 / 5 stars      

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.

 



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13 comments on “A double Magnum Experience: 2005 Clos Du Joncuas – Gigondas AOC”

  1. winetalks winetalks Reply

    A double magnum?! Wow! I’ve only opened regular magnum bottles so far. I would have been so excited to try that if that was my bottle just because of the size of the bottle.
    Great review but I only partially agree with you that French reds are overpriced. Most of them are but some Italian reds like Brunello are overpriced, too.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      I was excited to try the wine but this was not my first double magnum bottle. My only worry was that the wine might be flawed. Fortunately it was not!

  2. drinkforlife Reply

    Chateuneuf Du Pape is among my favorite wines but Gigondas is alright, too. Informative post as always, Julian.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Drinkforlife,
      Thank you so much. Will see if I find some good and affordable Chateuneuf-du-Pape.
      In my opinion Chateuneuf-du-Pape is one of the most overpriced French wines ever. You basically pay for the name..

  3. Sean P. Reply

    So to my understanding Vacquerays, Gigondas and Chateneuf-Du-Pape are three appellations for the very same wine?
    That’s quite confusing, isn’t it?

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Sean,
      Thanks for stopping by! No they are not exactly the same wine. The Chateneuf-Du-Pape and the Gigondas regulations are quite similar though.

  4. Suzanne Reply

    Chateauneuf de pape is my all time favorite wine, it’s can be a bit pricey and Gigondas sounds like it could be a viable alternative but from your review it is a little disappointing, still for a simple everyday wine it would probably be alright. Great review as always.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Suzanne,
      Thank you!
      Chateauneuf de pape is similar to Gigondas but costs often much less. I found the Gigondas from Clos du Joncuas not that outstanding though. Nevertheless it is a good wine which can be recommended.

  5. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    Nice post, Julian. But I still prefer a good Barolo or a Sicilian red from Planeta over a Chateuneuf du Pape and Gigondas. Rioja is also better in my opinion. These French wines are often not worth the money.
    Sorry to hear that the wine was not to your complete liking.

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