Gigondas is a French appellation (AOC) located in the Rhône region, in the town of Gigondas. The vineyard is located at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail. There are nearly 1,217 hectares of vines. The producers of Gigondas wines mainly produce red wines (99%) and some rosés which represent a tiny part of the yield (1%). Regarding the grape variety, we find mainly Grenache noir, and Syrah as well as Mourvèdre in addition. These grape varieties are blended or separated (depending on the choice of estates) then vinified.
The producers let it macerate for 2 to 4 weeks depending on the areas and vintages. Today more than 200 winegrowers carry on the winegrowing traditions of the Gigondas appellation. The red wines are powerful, have a structured body and are good to keep. The color is garnet thanks to the Syrah. The best estate of the appellation are Guigal, Château Saint Cosme ans Santa Duc estate.
The wines of 1943, 1945, great wines of 1947, and the 2001 vintage are considered to be excellent vintages in the Gigondas appellation. The exceptional vintages are the year 1961, the wines of 1985 and 1988, as well as the vintage. Finally, the wines of 1989, 1990 and the 2000 vintage are considered to be the best vintages of the century in Gigondas.