Terroir

The terroirs of Gigondas form a unique geological unit.

The vineyard is set in the setting of the Dentelles de Montmirail, born from the sea 200 million years ago. The Dentelles are the combination of sedimentation (deposit of limestone and marl from the Jurassic and Cretaceous, sands and sandstone from the Tertiary era) and a tectonic mixing. The Dentelles massif emerges with the construction of the Pyrenees and the Alpine thrust. “This geological originality is very rare in the Rhône Valley. The resulting soils constitute structured and unique terroirs, for very complex wines. ”

A complex terroir, The estate benefits from an exceptional terroir, Our vineyard is marked by the diversity of the terroirs, the terroir of the property is mainly composed of the combination and the sedimentation of marls and clay limestones of the Cretaceous and the Secondary Era but also of marls and pyritic fossils with limestone beds. . The variety of these terroirs gives an exceptional complexity to our wines. “We limit and minimize the use of plant protection products, but we do not refrain from using them when the circumstances require.”

A cool micro-climate, Southern Provençal influence, its climate of contrasts is subject to the heat of summer and the violence of the Mistral. Hot and dry, it enjoys nearly 2,800 hours of sunshine per year. The geology of the Dentelles induces very diverse exposures and is the main vector for a most interesting microclimate, the Dentelles cause rising and falling breezes, which moderate the temperature peaks. “For the majority of the vineyard, the West / North-West exposure gives perfect aeration, avoids the excessive heat of summer and gives the wines a finesse and acidity which make them wines of excellent aging potential.”

Our vineyard has diverse soils: the highest part is of Mindelian origin, made up of clayish-limestone,
the central part is made up of superficial plain formations,
the lower part of the estate is dominated by limestone and red clay.
The variety of soils gives exceptional complexity to our wines.

We limit to the maximum the use of Phytosanitary products but if circumstances imposed their use would be considered.

Our know-how

A know-how herited from previous generations, an everyday job
The wines from the Grapillon d’Or Estate are made from a selection of grapes grown on small parcels, producing wines with rich concentration, a promise of long-keeping.For the Gigondas territory, the yield per hectare is only 35 hectoliters, one of the lowest in French appellation wines.
This limit is scrupulously respected in order to produce a wine of quality and typical of the appellation.Keeping wines, easily beyond 10 years, the wines from Gigondas, when young, have aromas of freshly picked red fruit which over the years become spicier with a bouquet of ripe fruit, cherry or prune. Perfectly balanced in concentration, body and finesse, they have all the elegance of great wines.Blended in the estate’s cellar, aged primarily in oak barrels, the wines are made in the greatest respect of tradition, combined with modern know-how.