James Suckling 91
“Blueberries, currants and herbs on the nose with violet undertones. It's full-bodied with firm tannins. Fleshy, ink-like feel on the palate. Structured and flavorful finish. Blue fruit, cloves and a peppery note.”
Wine Advocate 91
“The supple, charming 2018 Gigondas la Marasque offers ripe cherries and redcurrants on the nose. Round, ripe and approachable, it's full-bodied and soft, with silky tannins that linger easily on the finish, joined by hints of leather and licorice.”
by Wine Advocate, JC, 2020.
Brotte Gigondas "La Marasque", is a tribute to the unique cherry aromas of this wine. "La Marasque" is a high-quality cherry used in the production of the famous Marasquin cherry liquor. The grapes grow on soils covered by white limestone which reflect the sunlight and increase the vines exposure to the sun and develops rich tannins in the grape. The wine displays great richness, flavors of cherry liquor as well as black and red jammy fruit notes.
The village Gigondas received its ‘cru’ status in 1971, one of only nine villages in the Southern Rhône to do so. Located between Orange and the Mont Ventoux the appellation spreads over the south-west facing hillsides of the “Dentelles de Montmirail”. The soils are composed of sand and blue marl clay. The vineyards can reach an altitude of 400m, which often means a late maturation of the berries.
Color: Dark ruby
Nose: Good intensity with notes of spices, red stone fruits, vanilla, licorice and raisins.
Palate: Complex, powerful and generous with hints of cherry liquor, black and red fruit jam. This flamboyant wine shows perfect harmony between nose and palate.
Sustainable viticulture is practiced along with harvesting by hand. Traditional vinification takes place with partially de-stemmed and a gentle crushed grapes. The maceration lasts 4 weeks with alcoholic fermentation at 28°C in order to obtain a good extraction of the grape's substance and color. Following the malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged in 100 year old oak vats for 12 months, with a small percentage aging in new French oak barrels.
Enjoy with roasted meats, beef stew with carrots, poultry dishes, tuna steak in red wine sauce. This wine will also match spicy dishes such as Indian and Mexican cuisine.
La Marasque : The name of a quality cherry, with acidity, renown for the making of Marasquin liqueur. A tribute to the unique cherry liqueur flavor of the cuvée. The village Gigondas received its ‘cru’ status in 1971, one of only nine villages in the Southern Rhône to do so. Located between Orange and the Mont Ventoux the appellation spreads over the south-west facing hillsides of the “Dentelles de Montmirail”, and its surrounding dales. Sand and blue marls are covered with white stones which increase sun exposure. The intensity of the latter develops the richness of tannins and polyphenols. This asset is crucial to the area as the vineyards can reach an altitude of 400m, which often means a late maturation of the berries.
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