Laws in France relating to wine are incredibly strict, which results in wine labels packed full of pertinent information. One of the key things to remember is that in most cases, wines from France are labeled by region, not by grape variety.
Gigondas region is one such prominent French wine region in the Rhône Valley becoming an official Appellation d’Origin Contrôlée (AOC) in 1971. Wines from this region are often called a ‘Gigondas’ rather than the specific blend of grape varietals used to create the wine.
Gigondas wines are often described as concentrated and balanced, with a spicy aroma. The primary grapes grown in this region are Grenache, supplemented by a variety of others with the exception of Carignan, which is prohibited. A Gigondas Rouge is a red blend made of a maximum 80% Grenache, a minimum 15% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre, and a maximum 10% from the other Rhône varietals. While no white wines are labeled Gigondas, the area does in addition to its distinguished red wines, also produce a respected rosé. We have featured Gigondas in our International Wine Club.