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Domaine Gigou
Domaine Gigou
The Jasnières white wines of Le Loir are - like Touraine to the south - based on Chenin Blanc (sometimes known locally as Pineau Blanc de La Loire). The Coteaux du Loir reds are based on a fairly obscure variety called Pineau d'Aunis - which is rather confusingly also known locally as Chenin Noir! Gamay also gets a look in, either as part of the blend of Coteaux du Loir or as simple Vin de France. I'm not sure of its origins (and I have yet to look it up) but Pineau d'Aunis actually has more in common with Pinot Noir than anything else, both aromatically and in flavour/structure - lighter in body, and invariably with a peppery bite, but still with a profile that every Burgundy aficionado would recognise. It certainly won't appeal to everyone, but it certainly puts a smile on my face these days.

The Gigou family have been making wine in the region for over 40 years - Joel and his wife Sylvie created the estate in 1974, with son Ludovic becoming part of the team in 1998 and daughter Dorothy joining a few years ago. Domaine Gigou is without doubt one of the most respected and traditional growers in Le Loir, producing a range of dry and semi-sweet Chenin Blanc white wines and some deliciously quirky, fruity, spicy, sappy wines from both Pinot d'Aunis and Gamay. They farm a dozen or so hectares of vines, from various vineyards dotted around the region, on a variety of soils/terroirs. They farm organically (indeed, they also employ various biodynamic principles) and use only the natural yeasts on the grapes for fermentation. The wines are aged in vaulted troglodyte caves (typical of the Loire valley) in a mix of stainless steel vats and very old oak and chestnut barrels, and are bottled and released only when they are ready to drink - or at least approachable, for they will age for a good few years, especially the whites.

According to Richard Kelley MW (undoubtedly one of the most respected authorities on the wines of Le Loir and La Loire) "The Gigouís wines are the epitome of the old, traditional style of Jasnières, and they are justifiably proud of the fact. They are the reference point for this style of wine in the region and ........... are great ambassadors for these two appellations." Enough said!


Domaine Gigou Cuvée Gigou'T Gamay 2009 Vin de France
Domaine Gigou Cuvée Gigou'T Gamay 2009
Vintage
2009

Region Coteaux du Loir, south of Le Mans
Colour/Style Dry red - medium bodied.
Grapes 100% Gamay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Grilled red or white meats, game, cold cuts
Next day
Drinks even better 2 to 3 days after opening
Drink Now, or over the next 5 years

Although this is 100% Gamay, the resemblance to a minor Burgundy Pinot Noir is uncanny. I guess that has something to do with the traditional maceration (rather than carbonic) and the more northerly climate in which this is grown. Quite a deep colour, with a nose of raspberry and soused black cherry and hints of black pepper and undergrowth. The palate is superficially light and airy, with abundant red and black fruit flavours, plenty of tangy, cherry kernel acidity, just the right level of rustic tannic grip and a gentle peppery, stoney/mineral bite. It isn't a particularly serious wine, but it hit all the right notes when tasted on a pleasant late summer's evening - and was a great match for a barbecued steak and new potatoes with a tomato and green salad. A deliciously light, airy, food-friendly wine.

 

Price:  £11.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gigou Jus de Terre 2013 Jasnières
Domaine Gigou Jus de Terre 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Jasnières, on the banks of Le Loir, south of Le Mans
Colour/Style Dry white
Grapes 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.2%
Food Aperitif, fish, white meats, cheese
Next day
As good
Drink Good now, but will age 5 to 8 years

Medium yellow/gold colour with a slight orange hue. A nose of apple and citrus, with hints of honey and nuts, intense slatey minerality, wet straw and perhaps even the merest suggestion of botrytis - a classic Chenin Blanc nose, full of complexity. There is real ripeness here, but the palate is pretty much bone dry, with citrus and apple fruit flavours countered again by intense minerality and deliciously searing acidity. And that slight hint of botrytis adds a touch of contrariness to the proceedings, whilst the finish is long and tangy. A lovely, classic, old-style Chenin Blanc.

 

Price:  £12.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gigou Clos Saint Jacques 2013 Jasnières
Domaine Gigou Clos Saint Jacques 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Jasnières, on the banks of Le Loir, south of Le Mans
Colour/Style Dry white
Grapes 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.0%
Food Aperitif, fish, white meats, cheese
Next day
As good
Drink Good now, but will age 10 to 20 years or more

Bright, medium-deep orange/gold colour. The nose offers complex white fruit, citrus, honey and floral aromas, with a pronounced herbaceousness and hints of lanolin and emulsion paint. The palate is beautifully clean, tight and focused, almost bone dry, with intense, juicy, lemon, lime and gooseberry fruit and equally intense, steely minerality. It really is a most wonderfully mouth(and eye!)-watering wine, certainly not lacking in ripeness, but made in a traditional, bone-dry style. The faint-hearted may find it somewhat austere, but I find it dangerously drinkable (with or without food), although it certainly has the structure to age for years, if not decades. The more I sip it, the more I love it! Long too. Another brilliant, old-style Chenin Blanc.

 

Price:  £14.30 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gigou Selection Raisins Nobles 2010 Jasnières
Domaine Gigou Selection Raisins Nobles 2010
Vintage
2010

Region Jasnières, on the banks of Le Loir, south of Le Mans
Colour/Style Semi-sweet (moelleux) white
Grapes 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food Aperitif, blue cheese, fruit puddings, creme brulée
Next day
Even better - lasts for weeks once opened
Drink Wonderful now, but will age for 20 years or more

A glorious medium-deep amber/gold colour. The nose is equally glorious - classic late-harvest Chenin Blanc aromas of lime oil, bruised apple, raisin and orange peel, accompanied by pronounced wet stone and wet wool notes and subtle hints of preserved root ginger and beeswax. I'm not sure how much botrytis the 2010 vintage enjoyed, but I suspect this is more in the way of passerillé (grapes dried on the vine) because, whilst the texture is rich and gently honeyed, it is tremendously focused and tightly-structured. With a fair amount of residual sugar, the palate falls somewhere between demi-sec and moelleux. Layer upon layer of preserved white fruits, honey, lime oil and mandarin orange coat the tongue, with the oily/honeyed texture offset by a massive layer of stoney minerality and fantastically eye-watering apple/citrus-tinged acidity. The combination of - or perhaps the contrast between - lush, sweet, raisined fruit, mineral tang and elevated acidity really is something to behold, and makes for a wonderfully contrary wine, with a long, lingering, spicy, bitter-sweet finish. An outstandingly brilliant wine, which will probably be even greater in another 10-20 years - and certainly a match for the very best sweet wines of La Loire.

 

Price:  £19.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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