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Pierre Henri Morel Gigondastext

Pierre Henri Morel Gigondas 2019

Gigondas, Southern Rhone, Rhone Valley, France2019 is an 80/20 mix of grenache and mourvèdre grown over calcareous sandstone gravel/clay terraces, hand-harvested, destemmed, and fermented in concrete tanks cooled to 25°C. The ageing, two-thirds in concrete tanks for 12 months, and one-third in 600L demi muid, leave this a silky masterpiece. The colour is purple opaque with a refreshing black cherry that floods the palate. Rich, round, smoky, and inviting, this wine has it all, finishing with a solid stony mineral aftertaste. This is one to invest in for the next decade or more. The brand Pierre-Henri Morel surfaced in 2008 when Pierre-Henri Morel and Michel Chapoutier purchased twenty acres of 50 year old vineyards in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Pignan, Bois Dauphin, and Barbe d'Alene lieux-dits. Pierre-Henri is wholly responsible for the style of the wines made at Chapoutier, where his daytime job is as commercial director, joining the company in 2000. The old Pignan and Bois-Dauphin vineyards, mainly planted to grenache and syrah, are farmed without synthetic chemical input and form the centre of this range of wines, supplemented with the Gigondas and Côtes du Rhône Villages wines. Morel is fascinated by the southern Rhône Valley and especially grenache. The Gigondas come off blocks of high-altitude terraces made of alluvial soils that yield lovely freshness, balance, and minerality.Tasted: 28 October 2022Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$51.99750mlselect private retailers
Producer: Pierre Henri MorelDistributors: International Cellars Inc.
Blend: Grenache - Syrah - MourvèdreUPC: 3380650004274