CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE, RHONE VALLEY, FRANCE
The Callet family took over this estate in 1996 and have not looked back since. They renovated and modernised the winery and have transformed it into the pinnacle of precision and finesse. However, Chateau Gigognan has not lost sight of its traditional roots; the chateau is built around the centuries-old Jesuit monastery. The grapes are still hand-picked and undergo a rigorous selection process to ensure only the highest quality grapes go into the wine. Chateau Gigognan mainly uses cement tanks to age their wine, with only a small proportion seeing old oak barrels for a short period. This blend of traditional and modern techniques results in beautifully balanced wines that don't break the bank, at least not for a Chateuneuf-du-Pape.