Gigondas – Do you know this wine?

Kirkland Gigondas

The Kirkland Gigondas -$14.99 – Delicious!

What better way to get to know a Gigondas wine from France’s Southern Rhone wine region than tasting this $14.99 gem with the Costco Kirkland Signature label. It is an authentic Gigondas wine, with the beautifully-embossed Gigondas crest on the bottle and the official appellation stamp on the back. Do you know much about Gigondas? Perhaps you have tasted its big sibling, the wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a big wine; the Gigondas style is more tame and relaxed. However, I must say that the Kirkland Signature Gigondas is equally as robust as Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  This wine is a fantastic introduction to the AOC of Gigondas. The wine is predominately Grenache at 85%, followed by 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. This Rhone blend is commonly referred to as a GSM.

Somehow Costco is able to seek out excellent winemakers to produce their Kirkland Signature wines. In this case, it is Guillaume Gonnet, a Vigernon whose family has a long winemaking history in Southern Rhone. Most likely Gonnet sourced the grapes and produced the wine is his winery. The 2015 Gigondas is delicious and wonderful right from the get go. The aroma pops from the glass and entices the senses.  The wine is layered with all kinds of flavors. It also has plenty of pepper on the palate and in the aftertaste. In short, the Kirkland Gigondas is a beautiful wine. 90 Points and I went back for more. Well done Costco!

On another note, I tried two 2014 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines from Costco in the past week. I had the Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon at $12.59 and the Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet at $17.99. In both wines, I felt I got a generic and mass- produced wine with no distinguishing character or flavor. I do not recommend either.

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