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65-70% Grenache, 25-30% Syrah, 0-5% Mourvèdre, av age 46 years, Syrah destemmed, light crush, 35-40 day fermentation, daily pumping overs, cap punching, part vat emptying/refilling, aged 60-90% new-6 year 228 & 600-litre oak casks, 10-40% concrete vat 12 months, fine lees worked on, no racking, unfined, unfiltered, 18-38,000 b

2018 ()

(vat/barrel/casks) full red colour; the bouquet involves a vegetal strike, cendré or cigarette ash smoking, a firm bed of ripe black fruit below. It has a square form. The palate sets off with dark, black berry fruits that engage easily, keeps its shape into a menthol-inspired finish. This carries sufficient breeze to evolve soundly. 15°. 37,600 b. 75% Gren, 25% Syr. €18 at cellars. From 2023. 2039-41 Feb 2020 £87/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2018 ()

(vat/barrel/casks) full red colour; the bouquet involves a vegetal strike, cendré or cigarette ash smoking, a firm bed of ripe black fruit below. It has a square form. The palate sets off with dark, black berry fruits that engage easily, keeps its shape into a menthol-inspired finish. This carries sufficient breeze to evolve soundly. 15°. 37,600 b. 75% Gren, 25% Syr. €18 at cellars. From 2023. 2041-43 Feb 2020

2017 ()

(large barrel/vat) dark red, sustained robe. There’s a note of oxtail depth on the nose, a vigorous show of raspberry, with musky rose petal. The palate holds engaging, spiced rolling content with good flashes of red fruit here and there, a sense of cordite in its cut. This has character, is above average 2017 Gigondas, is fresher and more fun than many. It builds intensity on the rocky, smoky close. 74% Gren, 26% Syrah. From 2021. 2039-41 Oct 2018

2016

(vat/large barrel) dark red robe. The nose is a wide, panoramic affair, with piled up, smoky black berry and cherry fruit and some oak-varnish, notes of black olives. The palate is well drawn together, bears copious and liberated black fruits with plenty of zeal and drive in them. The aftertaste is an STGT fest, lined with menthol and pine, garrigue inputs. This is fantastically true to its origins, is a winner, an education for those wanting to understand the Rhône better. It has both flair and truth. From 2021. 2036-39 Oct 2017

2015 ()

(vat) shiny dark red colour. The nose reflects oxtail, meatiness, has a broad and muscular depth of cooked, stewed plum fruits. The palate starts freshly, via some carbonic gas, picks up energy and rocks along on the second half, racing to the line with a trail of buoyant raspberry fruit. It’s varied and compelling on the long finale. This can only go forward, fusing and developing. It has captured the zest of the vintage very well. From 2019. 2034-36  Feb 2017 GB £83 6 b i/bond The Wine Society www.thewinesociety.com/enprimeur +44(0)1438 741177

2014 ()

(vat) shiny red robe. Has a mild, steady red fruit aroma with a sprinkle of herbes de Provence, laurel. It is good and lucid. Its Grenache is expressive on the palate, with enjoyable clarity and breeze in the tannins, so it ends freshly. The fruit resembles raspberry, comes across with a bonny, crystalline quality, right in tune with the vintage. This is STGT Gigondas, up to its fingertips in garrigue expression, and Gigondas lift. 14.8°. 26,000 b. €15 at the cellars. From 2018. 2028-30 GB £73/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Dec 2015  

2013

dark red robe. The nose gives prune, white pepper and spiced airs, a note of baking, a close compression of thick black fruit juice. The palate commences on bright raspberry Grenache fruit, is savoury and tasty, the final stages offering enjoyable gras richness. This is stylish and authentic, and will be excellent with a shoulder or leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary. It is starting to drink well now. 14.5°. A low 18,000 b. 65% Gren, 30% Syr, 5% Mourv.  Bottled June 2015. 2025-27  Dec 2015 

2012 ()

(cask/vat, bottling May 2014) full robe; this has a Grenache-accentuated fat air of blackberry and raspberry, with a suggestion of rosemary and sweet herbs behind. The nose has varied airs, inviting fruit. There are interesting events here: good freshness, oak that allows space to the black fruit, a potential for this to live and develop well. Its length is sustained. The fruit has tasty, tip of the tongue appeal. Its oak-tar close is precise. Modern style, but it has local notes within, the exit charry and glowing. It is long and true, has good grip, is promising. 15°. €17 at the cellars. From 2017, but before then will drink in attacking fashion. 2028-29  Dec 2013

2011 ()

(cask/vat) mid-depth red robe. Has a simple, straightforward nose, a light air of mulled red fruits in the front rank, and licorice-aniseed influences around it. There is a small amount of dark intensity. The palate holds facile red fruit, has a Gigondas spark about it. It ends on tea, smoked tea notes. It lacks nuance, is rather mainstream as it stands. The length is sound, it is tightly wrapped for now, and the fruit could carry a little further. Time = benefit. From spring 2014. Will drink well, with life. 70% Gren, 30% Syr, 40% vat, 60% cask/barrel this year. 2023-24  Dec 2012

2010 ()

deep red, dark core; expansive bouquet, laced with floral airs, has a joli harmony. Black pepper and salty notes in the background. Orderly attack - again, the word harmony springs to mind. Has fine grain tannin, a relative delicacy in its expression. Upright, cooler climate style of wine. Needs time to fuse and round, but the shape is there. Good crisp fruit in this. A serious, made to age and evolve wine. Typical, tasty finish, too, tangy and clear. From 2014. Will amplify over time, has retreated in its early moments after bottling. 15°. 2027-29  June 2012  Previously Dec 2011 ***** (cask/vat) dark red, black tints. Raspberry fruit in an oily, appealing setting, has a baked backdrop, warm rubbed stones in the air. The fruit is bright, provides energy. The fruit on the attack appears in direct connection with the nose, has a youthful gush of bounty, carries itself well. It ends on rounded gras richness. Some smokiness and clarity keep it fresh on the finish. Nothing overdone here. Shows good, typical vintage respect and qualities. The finish is indeed excellent, cool as a mountain stream (anyone remember the Rothmans cigarette ad line??) From late 2013. 2032-34 Dec 2011

2009

stable, quite lustrous red; broad, sustained and attractive nose, good variety that involves leather, black stone fruit, black cherry, a little floral note and thyme herb, too. Attractive start to the palate – has a floral infusion and juicy, rich notes which are suavely textured. Plenty of body, some mystery, so it is an interesting wine. The gras continues, sustains, rolling along with peppery late moments. There is some oiliness, sève or sap, and lip smack on the aftertaste. Very good length. From mid-2012. Right on the mark, genuine Gigondas. 2024-27. Raised 60% oak, 40% concrete vat this year. July 2011 Previously March 2011 **** (to be bottled May 2011) red colour, fair depth. Really good, full nose - true Gigondas. Has a primary, sunny width and persistence, a lurking ripeness, good cohesion. The palate is deep, sustains a core of black fruit, and a drumbeat of tannin rolls out from half way. Quite challenging. There is welcome cut in the palate fruit. It persists on a grainy level. It reflects 2009, but the aftertaste has a fine, red, fresh fruit presence. Very true. From 2014. 2024-26 March 2011

2008

matt, medium depth of red. The nose reflects juniper, smoky red fruits and garrigue, is quite high octane, marzipan here also. The palate fruit is advancing, spiced, and after a round start, it digs in and becomes more on the pine run. The tannins are rather raw, has a tar, slightly bitter exit that concerns me with its scorched, rather dry nature. Traditional school wine. From 2012. 2018-19 July 2011

2007 ()

sound red robe. Nuggety, biscuity aroma that is full – has kirsch that is not too potent, and a garrigue thyme and rosemary air. The palate has stiff moments from its oak, is tightly drawn together, ends on a shimmer of heat. The mid-palate is a bit hollow, while the red fruit is stretched, with alcohol lurking. The finish is rather dry and demanding. Raw goods for now. From mid-2011. Can improve by weaving itself together. 14.5°. 2019-20 Dec 2009 Previously Nov 2008 ***(*) (cask/vat) bright, black cherry-red robe; has a blackberry, cassis liqueur aroma that comes with a sweet heart – it reflects ripeness. There is abundant rosemary and laurel present, a herb surge. The palate has very tidy, entrancing black fruit thanks to its clear lines. It is the product of a ripe harvest, so there is sweetness, and black fruit juice. The palate is compact and chunky, and ends good and clear, the altitude card played there. From autumn 2010. 2021-23 Nov 2008

2006

full, dark red. Really wide, ample bouquet – out it comes, is led by black cherry fruit. There is a drift of leather and smoke across it, has hidden depths, good. The palate delivers dense, intense black cherry fruit which has a pure aspect that keeps it driving along. There is a heat-glow finale, where it edges along. It is less flamboyant on the palate than the nose – it is very solid and slowburn. It has dark tannins that give a tar effect. A No Hurry wine, that is honest to its origins, is a cool mountain wine from limestone sources. Decant this. 14.5°. 2023-25  Nov 2011  Previously Jan 2008 *** correct black plum robe; the nose is compact and harmonious, is a sound ensemble, with potentially pretty black fruit, wisps of smoke and licorice also. Bonny palate, with immediate appeal in its blackberry fruit: this has good continuity and is never overdone as it travels along the palate. Approachable early in life, but ripe tannins add extra length and life. A wine on an elegant trail. 2015-17 Jan 2008

2005 ()

plum red colour, quite dark and bright; ripe red fruits aroma with some garrigue in the air, and pepper inside it. This is a safe ensemble of aromas, with good poise and class and a little smoke from its oaking. The fruit is smoothly textured on its outer areas, and there is density inside it – such as griottes or soaked cherries; the palate runs consecutively, with the entrance after half way of some tannins, and a little oak imprint. Drink from late 2009. It is not yet integrated, or very nuanced, but its fullness is secure, its length very good – the signs are good that this wine can knit together well. Very terroir Gigondas in the making. 2019-21 June 2008 Previously Nov 2006 ***** (pre-bottle) full, dark robe; herbal, nicely full nose with some menthol, caramel – is open and has local robust touches. Savoury palate, with some meaty tones and a run of firm, red fruits. Ripened, accomplished wine with typicity. The tannins are live, the fruit persists, and delivers a raspberry aftertaste. Beau vin, quite a sleek modern fashion on the palate, but a comfortingly full finish. From 2009-10. 2018-22 Nov 2006

2004 ()

red, some purple. Raisin aroma here with some sweetness and depth, a sense that this is coming together. There is a robust strike of prune and raisin flavour, a moment of richness and roundness before a late chocolate, tannic finale, the tannins ripe. It carries its restrained richness well, the finish clear. In good shape now. It isn’t as complete as 2005, but above all has style. 2015-16  Oct 2007, Copenhagen Previously Feb 2006 ***(*) full, nice robe. Solid bouquet with an appealing top scent, some earthiness. Tasty, full flavour on the palate – black stone fruits, herbs and violets towards the finish, with some leather from quite ripe tannins. Has a classic structure – its tannins need leaving until mid-2008. An interesting vintage – in an upright style, is a slow burn wine. The fruit lasts pretty well. 14.5° 2018-19 Feb 2006 Previously July 2005 **(*) (tank) three-quarter weight bouquet, aromatic cherries. Supple fruit right away, tasty, rounded less tannic shape than 2003, but some evident thrust on the aftertaste. Fairly gourmand style, carries a good, central concentration of blackberries and ripe cherries. Finer tannins than 2003. July 2005

2003 ()

still bright, quite a dark red plum. Has an oily, mulled red fruits aroma – shows the good, supple nature of the vintage – soaked red cherries. The bouquet is still young and has not budged much – it transports sweet herbs in the sidecar. Brightly presented red plum fruit on the attack – here comes mulled, well-infused fruit that is backed by a little late tannin and kick. The tannins demand it be left for 18 months, but the wine is whole and largely ensemble, with plenty of life in it. There is a bit of late meatiness, its length is good. Very good, a complete wine. Like several Gigondas from this vintage, it has really gained with ageing. 14.5°. 2018-20 June 2008 Previously July 2005 *** upright bouquet, garrigue outcrop aromas, prune. Charged palate, plenty of glycerol and alcohol. Its parts are quite woven together, though dried towards finish. Nutty finale, overt tannins, is high in degree. 2011-12 July 2005 Picked earlier than the Tonin, from 25 Sept to 1 Oct Previously March 2005 **(*) inky, earthy bouquet, hint of chocolate. Sleek, direct fruit with some breadth to it. Black stone fruits here, tannin and licorice appear on finish. Not bad, expect a more mineral, peppery development as it ages. 2013-15 March 2005

2002 ()

sober plum robe; pine woods and cones scenting on the nose, nice crispness, light airs of raspberry jam. The palate possesses a similar pine infusion, there is wax in the cooked plum, spiced flavour. This has a purposeful freshness and a discreet gras that is especially notable on the finish, which is cedary. Sound width here, but it finishes just a little tautly. Very respectable. 14°. 2016-17 Oct 2010 Previously July 2005 *(*) overtly peppery bouquet, some depth to it, is varied with the herbs, hot stones, licorice, flowers - is showing some advance. Respectable fruit on palate, with a little roundness. Fair tannic support. Drinks cleanly now, that pretty bouquet is good, has emerged. 2009. July 2005 Previously March 2005 *(*) steady, reserved aroma, some herbs and heat. Cool texture towards finish. Clean winemaking. Now to 2007. March 2005

2001

reduced nose, but within there is a chocolate-raisin mix, the aromas well-founded and deep. Air brings greater cut. The palate has a rich, soaked flavour, including black fruits, violets, plums. Plenty of matter here. This is moving into an assured, early mature phase. 2015-18 March 2007

1999

a little advance on the robe. Quite tight, cherry fruited nose with signs of oak in with its local garrigue, herbal notes. Good chewy texture on the palate, a clean-cut wine which is tasty, has cut and freshness. The North-West exposure and the vintage combine to give it that freshness, very vintage typical. Licorice features on the finish. 2013-15 Nov 2002

1997 ()

dense, dark robe; the bouquet is well sustained and nicely varied: there are black fruit airs, with a more leathery angle, some tannin dust. The attack sets off well – this is full, and encased by still quite upright tannins. There is a touch of oak. Can become a stylish drink. From 2002-03. 2010-12 April 1999

1996

fair red robe, a little turn on the top rim. Cooked fruits, jam fruit air leads the nose with a leafy, peppery note – this is a delicate bouquet. The attack is very peppery, backed by a sweetness in the red stone fruiting. This will show better if left – drink from 2002. It can go on, needs to amplify its finish. 2009-11  April 1999

1995

black tinted, dark red; the bouquet gives a ripe cherry aroma. The palate shows quite a strict berry fruit, with some alcohol spirit in evidence. It tapers towards the finish, is unmade as it stands. Perhaps a slow gainer, not sure. From 2002. 2010-12  April 1999

1989

comfortable red robe; the nose features sage, a little air of dusty hot stones, mild licorice – this is a garrigue style. It contains the bouncing heat and drought of the year – there is no trace of fatness, dates and so on. The palate has a brewed, big nature, carries the intensity of this hot year, is a large, vigorous wine (like its maker). It ends on a gasp of everything together, a heat from within. Solid, a child of its lands; there are lot of herbs in it, good ones. It is more fine than the robust Raspail-Ay drunk with it. 2019-21  Oct 2010