Wine on tap (Domaine Giraud, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone)

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Domaine Giraud, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Domaine Giraud is a winery in the village, and appellation, Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the southern Rhone Valley (France). Sister and brother couple Marie and François Giraud took over this property from their father ten years ago and have today 19 hectares. They have great respect for the appellation and the terroir but have also introduced some modern ideas in the wine making. Destemming, for example, which was not systematically done before. Marie says that the stems (la rafle) give the wine a green taste and harsh tannins. A modern-style chateauneuf with lots of fruit and concentration and a very clean style.

Domaine Giraud is a family vineyard since 40 years back. Marie works with the Vinification and Francois works with the vineyards.

They make three different wine cuvées with various portions of grenache, syrah and mourvedre.
-Les Gallimardes (vieilles vignes)
-La Crau (viellies vignes, 100% grenache)

They are very fond of grenache and their wines all have a big portion of grenache. They make quite modern grenache, with good extraction and lots of fruit.

They debud and sometimes do green harvest in the vineyards. They sometimes go over the vineyards twice to select the grapes when they are at top maturity. They also select the bunches and the grapes both in the vineyards and on a sorting table when they arrive inn the vineyards. They do use a little barrel aging but not too much.

You can find a video interview of Marie Giraud on BKWine TV:

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