Traditional Rhône varieties like Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault are augmented by a small proportion of Petite Syrah in this wine. Seductive on the nose, it offers perfumes of rose petal and crème de cassis accented by clove and thyme. Glossy blackberry flavor broods on the palate and finishes on ripe, velvety tannins. Lovely already, the wine should improve through 2030. *Editor's Choice* (AI)
Leading off the reds from this terrific estate, the 2017 Gigondas checks in as an unusual blend of 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, and the rest Cinsault that was brought up in a mix of vessels (the Grenache is in demi-muids, the Syrah in barrel) for 18 months. Its deep purple-tinged color is followed by a great bouquet of kirsch and black raspberry fruits intermixed with lots of spicy, peppery, and garrigue. It’s soft, sexy, and rounded on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness. Drink it over the coming decade or more.
Shiny magenta. High-pitched cherry and red berry aromas pick up suave floral and baking spice nuances with air. Silky, focused and light on its feet, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors that slowly put on weight as the wine opens up. Shows very good energy and spicy thrust on a long, smooth finish framed by rounded, even tannins. (JR)
Poor fruit set in the Grenache, followed by a hot, dry summer means that the blend of the 2017 Gigondas is an atypical 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault. It's full-bodied, with anise accents to the black cherry fruit, a supple mouthfeel and some mocha and meaty notes on the long finish. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. (JC)
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