REGION: Rhone Valley, France
VARIETIES: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
Flanking the evocatively named Dentelles de Montmirail, with vines on the equally evocative Plateau des Garrigues, La Bastide St. Vicent is a delightful, family-owned wine domaine with 17th century origins. Laurent Daniel farms the famous trio - Grenache, Syrah and Mourvdre grapes, vinifying them separately in a combination of cement and stainless steel. He keeps temperatures relatively low to allow full and generous expression of the fruit flavours. Laurent’s Gigondas does not sit at the tarry, rustic and tannic end of the spectrum. This is a fruit-forward, friendly version which still keeps that rich, dark style of the Southern Rhone.