Sign In

2018 Domaine du Cayron Gigondas, 3-bottle Lot

Not Currently In Auction

Latest Sale Price

November 12, 2023 - $62

Estimate

Front Item Photo

2018 Domaine du Cayron Gigondas

750ml

RATINGS

94-95Vinous / IWC

Highly expressive red berry and cherry preserve aromas are complemented by suggestions of garrigue, smoked meat and candied flowers. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering primary black raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that show superb depth and focus. Gently gripping tannins build slowly on the impressively long, energetic finish, which leaves behind intense floral and red berry notes.

90-92Jeb Dunnuck

...beautiful, outstanding wine. Black currants, cassis, sappy green herbs, bouquet garni, and ground pepper notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, silky, ultra-fine, and polished...

PRODUCER

Domaine du Cayron

Domaine du Cayron in Gigondas has been in the Faraud family for four generations, and is today run by sisters Delphine, Sandrine and Rosaline Faraud. The 40-acre estate makes just one cuvee, a Gigondas of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre. Wine Advocate rates the estate’s wines in the mid-90s and has described Cayron like this: “One of my favorite estates in Gigondas…The style here is staunchly traditional, and their wines always show the gamier, wild side of Gigondas…”

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Gigondas

The Southern Rhône Valley wine region extends from Orange in the north through the communes Lirac and Tavel in the southwest. The French call the region Côtes du Rhône Méridionales and it includes some of the best known appellations in France, such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas. The climate and landscape of the Southern Rhone differ significantly from the Northern Rhone. There are hot, often windy Mediterranean appellations near Nimes and the south, and higher altitude, relatively cool appellations such as Côtes du Ventoux to the east. Understanding the region can be confusing given that there are thirteen appellations and sixteen red and white grapes allowed for wines with appellation status. Syrah is grown here, but it is much less important than in the north. Grenache is the prominent red grape, though most red wines are blends of at least four varietals. Other commonly used red grapes are Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Muscardin. Counoise, Terret Noir, Vaccarèse and Syrah are also permitted. The primary white grapes are Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc, though Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne are permitted, as are Picpoul and Picardin. Of note is the Côtes du Rhone Villages AOC, which is only in the Southern Rhone. Though Côtes du Rhône AOC wine is made in both the north and south, the Villages appellation has stricter requirements for winemaking and is generally considered higher quality than simple Côtes du Rhône. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “There is a vast amount of enjoyment to be discovered in the southern Rhône…for these are some of the most sumptuous and pleasure-giving wines produced in the world.”