If you like the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, then you've got to add Gigondas to your radar.
This southern Rhône region is hot on the heels of Châteauneuf, and is a name Rhône fans increasingly look to for high quality and great value. Decanter recently wrote that Gigondas is "one of the best value wines that France produces — the general level of quality is high, better than a lot of Châteauneuf-du-Papes."
If you're quick, you can taste for yourself, with this exclusive red. It's made for you at an acclaimed estate that's been crafting quality wines since 1936 (in the foothills of theDentelles de Montmirail mountains, one of the most renowned grape-growing areas in Gigondas). The property has access to a range of vineyards along the slopes, and sourced the fruit for this luscious 2011 from the lower plateaux and higher climbs, making for a superbly balanced wine. By fermenting these parcels separately and skillfully combining them, the winemaker has produced a wine that offers power and density as well as perfumed elegance.
In the glass, expect a full-bodied red, boasting ripe black and red fruit flavors, a touch of spice and round, supple tannins. It's a perfect partner for roasted red meats and game dishes.