Gigondas, Southern Rhône

François Xavier Lambert

Gigondas Red Rhone Blend 2019

Blue fruit and a little spice in great Rhòné A lot of blue fruit with spice — 9 days ago

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Yves Cheron

La Grand Comtadine Héritiers Cheron-Misset Gigondas Red Rhone Blend 2019

Deep blue berries with a little cigarbox — 8 days ago

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Domaine du Pegau

Cuvée Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2014

Popped and poured. The 2014 Pegaü “Cuvée Réservé” appears a deep ruby in the glass with a translucent core; medium+ viscosity. The nose is funky cherry, bruised strawberry, barn yard, stone fruit, brambles, garrigue, spiced meat, and damp forest floor. There is a touch of VA but it’s on the charming side. On the palate the wine is dry, with significant structure still. In fact, I feel as though the structure is showing more than I recall from earlier experiences. The fruit is generous but more red fruited than usual. Fresh and juicy with a long finish. Awesome. Still another 10 years in this, easy. On the lighter side for Pegaü, thanks the 2014 vintage, but still a stunner. — 3 days ago

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Burle

Vacqueyras 2010

Ripe, red-fruited Grenache, minerality, still shows some structure, but drinking very well tonight, the first Burle wines I’d bought since the 1989/1990 Gigondas which you were so fine!! — 8 days ago

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Maison Henry Bouachon

Gigondas Duc de Montfort 2016

“Creamy” and full bodied. Balance of earth and fruit. Enjoyed with grilled steak, seared mushrooms, & roasted Brussels sprouts. Would easily and happily enjoy again. — 19 days ago

Domaine le Sang des Cailloux

Cuvée Floureto Vacqueyras Red Rhone Blend 2019

2019 vintage. Last tasted 4.6.22. Medium-medium/heavy body. It’s got the garrigue stink (Mediterranean herbs/native scrub flora…similar to the Southern California herbs/native scrub & chaparral) and smoky nose. Prominent lavender, fudgie flavors thin out slightly on the finish. Definitely brooding. Hide a bottle or two away for future considerations but it’s firing now. Not a lot of Vacqueyras juice escapes from France (not a lot made) since it’s a relatively smallish, SoRhô (Southern Rhône) area. Generally, fantastic value play on resto lists or in the retail world. This one is no exception. 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault/Mouvèdre mystery combo. Vines are 35-40 years old. If you encounter this out in the wild, throw a net over it and wrangle it back to camp. — 17 days ago

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Domaine La Bouïssiere

Gigondas Red Rhone Blend 2016

In a good spot. Tannins are losing some grip, the ‘16 vintage profile is still vibrant, there’s some more length developing. — 8 days ago

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Domaine du Pesquier

Gigondas Red Rhone Blend 2018

R H
9.3

Really delicious for just sipping, with cheese, and with pizza — 5 days ago

Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

Les Choregies Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2015

Now we’re headed to the Southern Rhône and more specifically one of our favorite “Cru” appellations; the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, which may feature up to 13 sanctioned varieties as part of its blend, though it’s commonly dominated by Grenache and Mourvèdre. These blends can lead to delightfully complex and balanced wines.

This particular wine is medium ruby with notable tearing. On the nose and palate, we’re finding black cherry, blackberry, fig paste, prune; also black licorice, anise, cardamom, graphite, grape seed, leather, tobacco, meat, garrigue, and forest floor notes.

Overall this wine has a dried fruit and earthy, spicy/savory expression. It’s complex, balanced, and intense. The tannins are firm and grippy. The alcohol is high (15%). This wine has the bone structure to continue aging but is a pleasure to drink now.

According to @winespectator 2015 was a great vintage for late-ripening varieties in the Southern Rhône, as it was sunny, warm and dry through July, leading to reds that are “rich, ripe and full of powerful fruit.” 🎯

Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Choregies 2015.
— 4 days ago

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