Vintage: 2015
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: France
Region: Rhone
Appellation: Gigondas
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Red Blend
Varietal notes: 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: 40-45 year old vines grown on the cooler side of the Dentelles de Montmirail, the small range of mountains that divide the appellation.
Soil: Clay with limestone and sand
Viticulture: Organically farmed and hand harvested
Vinification: Traditional vinification in oak.
Aging: Aged in combination of foudres and barrels.
Production: 265 cases
Notes: This wine has the characteristic power for which the appellation is known, coupled with supple textures and notable elegance.
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: 92
The Gigondas was matured mostly in concrete but there’s 10% new oak and 20% second use barrels that creep into the mix. In 2015, that’s worked magic, adding dried spices and vanilla to ripe black cherry fruit and a plush texture. Give this a year or two to show more of its terroir and drink it over the next decade or so.
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 91-93
Deep ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes candied dark berries, apricot and incense, and a smoky nuance builds as the wine opens up. Sweet and broad in the mouth, offering juicy, spice-laced blackberry, peach nectar and candied lavender flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Smooth and sweet on the gently tannic finish, which hangs on with strong, spicy tenacity.