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The village or commune of Gigondas is without doubt one of the most beautiful wine villages in the world, set in the hills of the Vaucluse region of the southern Rhone Valley - the heart of Provence.  Visiting here it is immediately understandable why wine-lovers and non-drinkers adore this part of France equally.

gigondas.jpgConsidered by many as a 'baby brother' to nearby Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas' 1,200 or so hectares of vines produce mostly red wine, with just a tiny amount of rose - no white is produced whatsoever.  The wines may be up to 80% Grenache, and contain at least 15% of Mourvedre and/or Syrah.  The remaining can be up to 10% of all other traditional southern Rhone grape varieties, with the [curious] exception of Carignan.

The wines are certainly ageworthy, albeit less-so than those from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and often represent outstanding value for money, given their lesser-known qualities.

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