CHÂTEAU GIGOGNAN - NEW
Facts and wines
Château Gigognan was founded way back in the 15th century and with 72 ha. fields, the castle is large by French standards. The current owner, Jacques Callet, bought Gigonan in the 1990s and embarked on a major renovation. He allied himself with esteemed experts, e.g. oenologist Philippe Cambie and now produces several types of wine, from everyday Côtes du Rhône to excellent Châteauneufs – all at very reasonable prices. These are modern and elegant wines, which of course have the strong and juicy character of the area. The castle was certified organic in 2010 and grows several different types of grapes, including Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Is particularly known for their white wineBuy their wines here Red wine White wine Rose wine Red wine
- Côtes de Rhône Vigne du Prieuré Rouge 17 40% Syrah 30% Grenache 15% Mouvedre 15% Cinsault
- Châteauneuf du Pape Clos du Roi Rouge 2014 (Modern style) 70% Grenache 30% Syrah
- Châteauneuf du Pape Cardinalice 2015 (Classic style) 80% Grenache 20% Syrah
- Côtes de Rhône Blanc 2018 50% Roussanne 35% Grenache Blanc 22% Clairette 8% Bourboulenc
- Côtes de Rhône Blanc Viognier 2017 100% Viognier
- Châteauneuf du Pape Clos du Roi Blanc 2016/17 54% Grenache Blanc 41% Clairette 5% Roussane
- L`Échappée Rosé 2019 70% Grenache noir 30% Cinsault
SEVERAL THOUSAND YEARS OLD HISTORY
Château Gigognan is the story of a renaissance. The story starts with a Roman legionnaire named "Gigius" (hence the name Gigognan), who was granted the domain and built a temple. With the spread of Christianity, the temple became a chapel and later a monastery. All the way and in fact right back to the Iron Age, there have been vines in the area. But it was only from the 15th century, when the Pope established himself in the neighboring city of Avignon and had a summer residence in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, that organized wine production took off.
THE CENTER OF THE WORLD
For about 200 years, Avignon was the center of the Christian world. Large quantities of wine were needed in connection with the services and the many dinners with the powerful guests who visited the Pope. High demands were placed on the quality of the wine and the wines from Gigognan were very popular.
THE RENAISSANCE OF GIGOGNAN
In modern times, Gigognan's potential was unfortunately not fully exploited. Only in the 1990s, when the current owner Jacques Callet bought Château Gigognan, did the château again have high ambitions on behalf of the wine. Jacques Callet started the castle's renaissance with an extensive renovation of both the buildings, the fields and the production apparatus. Mr. Callet is not from the wine business himself, so he therefore allied himself with the best: first Eloi Dürrbach from the legendary Domaine de Trévallon and most recently the famous oenologist from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Philippe Cambie.
A UNIQUE TERROIR
Château Gigognan is located in Sorgues, one of the five villages that together make up the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. The castle on a total of 72 ha. is surrounded by around 45 ha. very good vineyards, classified as Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages. The fields are protected by a forest, which creates a favorable microclimate and an intimate atmosphere. A few kilometers away on the banks of the Rhône River, Gigognan also owns a large vineyard of 25 hectares, classified Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Unlike many winegrowing families in the area, who have bought up small scattered parcels when the economy and the opportunities offered, Château Gigognan is in possession of one unified unit, which constitutes a unique terroir and explains the unique identity of Gigognan wines.
Jacques Callet has invested large sums in revealing the castle's huge potential - both in the fields and the cellar. The production is organic and the vinification is simple and traditional, but it is supported by modern facilities that give full control over the quality. This explains, among other things, the precision and finesse of the castle's wines – not least the whites, for which Château Gigognan is particularly well known.