BB Review: Le Fauquet Gigondas 2014

'Tis the season to be drinking fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la! For this round, we're reviewing wines that pair perfectly with your Christmas celebrations. Whether you're cooking a goose, building a snowman, or trying to catch Santa's eye, these wines will pair well with food, friends, and festive debauchery. Joy to the world!🧣🎄🍷

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THE WINE

BOTTLE: Le Fauquet Gigondas 2014 – Rhone, France

WHERE WE BOUGHT IT & PRICE: £17.90 from Fromage & French

ABV & TECH SPECS: 14% ABV 

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LET'S GET NERDY: The Fourmone draws its roots from the Latin word "Fromentum" which means wheat. The farm's original crop of choice before realising the region's potential for viticulture was wheat and today the ear of wheat remains the emblem for the winery.

FUN FACT: Gigondas is a region found in the Southern Rhone valley known for its robust reds made from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Gigondas can be noted as being similar in style to that of a Châteauneuf, but hailing from rockier ground the wines tend to be a little more rustic in nature. 

WHY CARO CHOSE THIS WINE: This wine has been my favourite one amongst those available in Fromage & French’s super duper wine machine. Me, enjoying a French wine?? I had to see the other two BB’s faces when they’d realise what I had brought!

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THE VERDICT 

CARO: This is one of those wines that I think needs a little breathing to unleash its full potential. Once you’re there, it’s like a flippin’ party in your mouth {insert dirty joke}, with its deep black ruby and smoky-meaty aromas revealing tingly notes of white pepper - and man, I DIG WHITE PEPPER NOTES IN WINE!

ANGELA: Vibrant ruby and a fruity aroma – very inviting indeed! Gigondas happens to be one of my favourite Rhône appellations, it’s so underrated and you can get incredible value in this region. This one doesn’t disappoint – it’s spicy with soft tannins and a red fruity punch. The alcohol is apparent, but hey I’m ok with that, it’s cold outside.  

KATE: This wine smells a bit smokey, a bit leathery, and a little bit spicy, too (kinda like a terrible guy I would've flirted with at a holiday party in 2007).  Speaking of which! This wine tastes a lot like the wine I used to drink whilst flirting with terrible guys at holiday parties in my early 20s, when the 14% ABV made aforementioned terrible flirtation seem approximately 300% more interesting than they really were, and made me feel approximately 400% older and wiser than I was. That being said, I think this is a great holiday wine. Where's the snack table? 

WOULD WE HAVE ANOTHER GLASS? We sure would! 

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