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MEFFRE "SAINTE CATHERINE" - Gigondas, Rhone, France

GABRIEL MEFFRE "SAINTE CATHERINE" - Gigondas, FRANCE

Deep coppery red colour. A tank aged blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. A complex nose of brandied and fresh red fruits, blueberry and violet, with hints of peppery spice, soft old oak, toasty nutmeg, cinnamon and floral notes. Good acidity and smooth tannins with a dusty mineral quality, adding lift and cut. Well structured, dense and rich, with a long, spicy finish.

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VINEYARD

The story of the Gabriel Meffre Winery began in 1936, when Gabriel and his wife, both passionate about wine, created their ‘Négociant-Vinificateur’ business in Gigondas. More than 80 years later, the family business has built on its strong foundations and has established its reputation as a leading Winery in the southern Rhone Valley.

GABRIEL MEFFRE "SIGNATURE" WINES. Delicious and savoury from day one: this is the commitment of our Gabriel Meffre "signature" wines. For each appellation, and in keeping with the characteristics of the vintage, our know-how is recognisable through our experienced blending of "terroirs" and grape varieties. This wine is a homage to Catherine of Alexandria, a 4th century poet and philosopher, that the church of Gigondas took the name of Sainte Catherine.

The vineyards are situated on marl limestone deposits of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, with a mix of sand and clay of the Tertiary era. The climate is Mediterranean, significantly influenced by the dry Mistral wind, a high level of annual sunshine and low rainfall, concentrated mostly in the Spring and Fall seasons.

Wine facts

Label Notes:

SAINTE CATHERINE : It was in homage to Catherine of Alexandria, a 4th century poet and philosopher, that the church of Gigondas took the name of Sainte Catherine. The mysterious and perhaps even legendary story of Catherine is above all that of a courageous woman who defied the authority of the Roman emperor to defend her beliefs.

Total Production:

12,000 bottles

Winemakers:

Véronique Torcolacci

Producer:

Gabriel Meffre Winery

Variant:

750 ml

Average Age of Vines:

30-40 years

Average Vineyard Altitude:

300-400 meters

Harvest Method:

Hand Picked

Sorting:

The harvest is fully manual with a strict sorting of the grapes.

Fermentation and Maceration:

Fermentation lasts approximately 3 weeks with temperatures limited to a maximum of 28° to 30° C. This favours an generous expression of the fruit and limits the extraction of harsh tannins.

Aging:

35% of the cuvée is placed to oak barrels of one and two years for 11 months of maturing before being blended back with the vat-aged portion.

Alcohol:

13.5%

Vintage:

2015

Country:

FRANCE

Region:

Gigondas

Grape Varietal:

Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah

SKU:

RH72

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