Château Gigognan Clos du Roi Rouge, 2016, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France MAGNUM
£83.75 (inc VAT)
Clos du Roi means that this is from the walled vineyard of the King. So is it the King's or the Pope's?
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is dominated by a ruined medieval castle. And in some ways the appellation can feel a little like this: an imposing, powerful, but slightly crumbling relic of the past. But 10 minutes down the road, you’ll find Sorgues, home to the innovative Château Gigognan. They make glorious wines like this, packed with all that legendary history, but made in a far a more fruit-driven, modern and forward-thinking style.
This historic estate was taken over by the Callet family in 1996, who have modernised and renovated it into the Rhône powerhouse that it is now. The Master Blender, ex-rugby player and fruity Grenache lover behind this wine, Philippe Cambie, won Robert Parker’s “Best Oenologist in the World” in 2010. Grapes from 40 year old, organic, low yielding vines, grown on the famous galets roulés soils and battered by the Mistral.