Red Wine /// Grenache & Friends // Southern Rhone / France
Gigondas has grown hugely in stature this century. Initially touted as a great value alternative to Chateauneuf, it has gradually become Pape's equal and in the minds of many it would be seen as superior due to it's ability to capture the excitement and lusciousness of Grenache and terroir rather than the blend and barrel approach of Chateauneuf.
A thunderstorm of black fruits and buzzy energy from the acidity on entry is underpinned by generous fragrance that offers up primary fruit flavour and somehow some meatiness as well as brush and herbs. If you like your wines heavy on fruit and flavour this is for you, but it is a poised expression.It is highly structured but even more balanced. Decant before consumption and drink it when it is out and proud. This is Gigondas at its inimitable best. STSWine