Grown on clay-limestone and marl, the fruit is hand-picked with no destemming, and is aged in old foudres. The wine is pretty, bright and open, with raspberry, strawberry and violet fruits. It's barely medium-bodied, but has a lovely expression of fresh and easy red berry fruits, accompanied by a juicy berry acidity and gentle blackberry-skin tannins on the finish. An easy-going and highly drinkable Gigondas. Just lovely. (MW)
The classic 2017 Gigondas Tradition cuvée from this estate is a real winner as well as a smoking value. A blend of 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre that wasn’t destemmed and was aged all in foudre, it boasts a deep purple color as well as full-bodied aromas and flavors of ground pepper, incense, garrigue, and assorted sweet black fruits. This rounded, sexy, seamless 2017 has polished tannins, a great mid-palate, and a finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. Drink this beauty any time over the coming decade. Drink through 2029.
The aromas that I found exotic and lavender-like last year are now more mundane notes of damp hay and herbs. The 2017 Gigondas Tradition still has plenty of ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, and it remains full-bodied, creamy and lush, though with perhaps a touch of warmth on the finish. (JC)
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