Sixty years ago Antonin Faravel planted his first vineyards in the lieu-dit La Grande Bouïssière, set against the spectacular cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail. The property is still owned by the same family and now run by Antonin’s children. It is one of the few domains to craft wines in the three iconic Southern Rhône Valley districts of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Beaumes-de-Venise. Brothers Thierry and Gilles are well aware of how fortunate they are to own such terroir and follow the principles of organic farming. During their 25 years in the trade, they have developed their winemaking techniques, striving for flavour, freshness and tension. The wines they produce today have improved in elegance and character, and as an outcome their reputation is growing.
About the cuvée
A blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre harvested by hand; the wines are fermented for 30 days, with daily pumping over and punching down. A quarter of the wine is matured in vats, three-quarters in casks. The wines are left on fine lees. Excessive addition of sulphite is avoided, and wines are racked by gravity to minimise stress and manhandling. Grenache and Syrah lend character and delicacy to this racy, harmonious, fresh wine, with delicate, well-integrated tannins. This Gigondas has a wonderful ability to develop over time without ever losing its freshness and characteristic class.
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