Chateau Gigognan has been under the control of the Callet family since 1996. Previously, the Chateau belonged to the Jesuit community and is built atop the foundation of a centuries-old monastery, yet has received an entirely modern face-lift that any architect could appreciate. Some of the vineyards are over one hundred years old, yet the vines are given every modern convenience in a hands-on organic and biodynamic way. The cellars are carved from old stone, but the grapes are carried there via gravity under strict temperature control both before and after fermentation.
Gigognan's shift into modernity was implemented by replacing the old ways of Chateauneuf-du-Pape with efficient winemaking practices and high standards. Gigognan harvests low yields and maintains the vines using organic farming for its Grenache, Syrah and MourvÃ¨dre. In addition to Chateauneuf-du-Pape they also produce excellent CÃ´tes du RhÃ´ne and CÃ´tes du RhÃ´ne Villages. They place special emphasis on each individual vineyard and the specific grape varieties grown there. To that end they produce several single-vineyard bottlings, from CÃ´tes du RhÃ´ne and CÃ´tes du RhÃ´ne-Village vines as well as Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The soils range from sand and limestone for the CÃ´tes du RhÃ´ne to the rocky soil studded with galets so common in Chateauneuf for the top wines.
ChÃ¢teau Gigognan was featured as the Winegeeks.com Winery of the Month for September, 2006.