Wine: Bois de Menge Gigondas
Region: Rhône, France
Retailer: Trader Joe’s
When a French friend gives you a wine recommendation, you should always follow through. You should also hand him your phone to spell out the name of the wine because you have no idea what he said.
Gigondas, pronounced like gjee-gone-dahs, is a wine made in the Rhône region of Southern France. It’s an area with a Mediterranean climate and a tons of hills covered with fragrant bushy plants like rosemary, thyme, and lavender that grow atop a limestone soil.
One the nose, this wine is berry forward with strong notes of strawberries and cherries. Others from the internets smelled blackberries but I couldn’t really distinguish that specific smell.
Taste-wise, it’s light in the mouth and a little off-dry. You get some of the berry flavor again but there is also a faint vegetal slash herbal taste that comes from the terrain. Compared to most of the French wines we drinks, it’s got more of a kick in both taste and alcohol content (hello 14%!).
Since it has character, serve it with meat like duck, lamb, and venison. Steak is an easy pairing as are hearty soups and stews like chili, beef bourguignon, minestrone, and lentil soup. It also pairs well with roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash so, note to self, include in next year’s list of Turkey Day wines.
P.P.S. Two close friends tried this wine after I posted it on Instagram and sent texts full of love for this wine. If you don’t trust me, trust them!