Dark, deep purple. Barnyard/animal nose with leather and hints of licorice that carried through the palate with cherry & kirsch. Med+ body. Made in a bigger style, but enough acidity to balance it. Drinking well now with good years ahead of it. A testament to the strength of the '01 vintage in the rhone.
Red fruits, earth, spiciness, leather, wet forest and a touch of barnyard in the bouquet. Same on the palate. Cherries and dark forest fruits, garrigue, vanilla, almonds, licorice, chocolate, beautiful fresh acidity and soft tannin with still a nice bite. Beautiful wine that never disappoints. Ready now and still a few years ahead.
WOOF! Some bottle variation here - this bottle was a monster. Massive, sweet fruit with wave after wave of farmyard and spices. Meaty, dense and a bit of heat. Previous bottles had been much more reserved. Quite tough after 1 glass. Decanted for 8 hours as well.
Last tasted 17 months ago. Now the rim is yellow-brown. A dark ruby color, with reddish bricking characteristics. An awesome nose of blackberry, raspberry, game meat, leather, spice, some Provencal herbs, and cigar box from the oak. Similar flavors, along with a touch of licorice and lots of pepper. Big, rich and powerful in the mouth; fairly intense fruit. Very well structured. Again the tannins are not yet resolved and leave an acidic sting on the tongue. However the long finish seems somewhat soft and peppery. The wine has lots of time left and probably is not close to it maturity plateau. Again, it pairs quite nice with prime rib-eye steak. Pretty good Gigondas.
Donkerrood, paars. In de ontwikkelde neus wat stallucht, leder, chocolade en vlees. Cassis en braam in de smaak, met provencaalse kruiden, kiezelsteen en eikenhout. Stevige, goed geïntegreerde tannines en een lánge afdronk. Al behoorlijk ontwikkeld, maar met voldoende structuur om nog een aantal jaar mee te kunnen.
Impressive quality here that is the embodiment of the Southern Rhone. Beautifully balanced and maturing fruit infused through with wild herbs, crushed rock, black/red fruit. A touch of barnyard in there as well. This carries its 15% alcohol very lightly - very understated and reserved. Approachable now, but this has years left in it.
Medium ruby with mature edge. Medium weight. Very lively but not sweet red fruits and just a touch of herbs. The wood was much less noticeable than it has been on 2 other occasions. Rather elegant and so much more alive than the St. Cosme Valbelle we tasted before it. Excellent Gigondas, and I'm pleased to see that the wood has receded and now plays only a minor supporting role.
First bottle from a case - powerful nose, red fruit and sweet spice, hints of plumminess and a whiff of scrumpy. Still retains nice freshness, and has the structure to last. This bottle felt alittle porty, with the high alcohol. Will try again soon to check consistency. 90+
A touch of barnyard, red fruits, sweet spices and licorice in the mature bouquet. Really beautiful. On the palate concentrated dark fruits, blood, meaty, a touch of sweetness and beautiful acidity. Although the wine is fully mature the tannin still has power enough to make this wine last for at least another 3 years. What a great pleasure to drink this!
This bottle was brought by someone who bought it in a shop where it has probably been stored too long at too high temperatures. The wine was brown and still drinkable, but the chocolate, celery and reductive flavors were too dominant. Luckily we had a better stored bottle.
First bottle from the case. Big, rich, wine. A lot of very ripe fruit - think Turley Zin from the Rhone, but with plenty of structure. I would have guessed it was all grenache based on what shows - this is fragrant, ripe, and rich. This is one for big, red meat dishes - or after dinner - but is of high quality and has plenty of structure (still some bite on the finish) to hold for a while. A-
A touch of yellowing at the rim; deep, dark ruby color. A lot of complexity in the nose: blackberry, raspberry, licorice, leather, a touch of game meat, lots of spice, pepper, cigar box. Big, rich and structured in the mouth; decent concentration of fruit. Lots of spice and pepper flavors. Tannins are not totally resolved, but that does not detract from the elegance of the wine. A little tannic sting on the tongue. A nice long pepper-like finish. Of course this wine pairs very nicely with prime rib-eye broiled steak. The tannic influence seems to abate with the food. Lots of time left for this wine.
Wow, gorgeous Gigondas here, one of the best I have tasted. Big personality and a dark, almost brooding character yet mellowed and softened through the years this was nicely approachable but still with years to go. Masculine wine.
Oh well, a night of overly woody wines. Some licorice and black fruit but basically an astringent, overoaked mess with green wood tannins. I had a much more positive take on the wine when it showed much more than the lumber.
Dreamtastings' Eve (WiVino Vinothek, Wittlich): On the nose this is suave and dominated by fruit, but there's also a lot of nice and refined spice-box-action going on. Sexy and sultry, for sure. But a lot more balance, elegance and refinement than in the preceding Pégau CR 2001. Great evolution in the glass during aeration, a pinch of barnyard is added. Served blind, I wrote: "Finally! A tasty Chateauneuf which suites me. Beaucastel?" 18/20
Beautiful bouquet with a touch of pleasant barnyard, spiciness, complexity and refinement. On the palate the wine is rustic and juicy with beautiful complexity. A very complete wine. Concentrated and tasteful. Mature and with so much power left. Full bodied and also elegant. Already so nice but intriguing as well. This is a great beauty now and my blind score was higher than ever before. Great I have a few bottles of this beauty! Drink between now and the next 5+ years.
This is pure, masculine, dried herbs, musk, cool and monolithic. Beautiful juice with a thick backbone of tannin. On the palate lots of fruits and spices, with a very positive bitterness of cherry and dark chocolate; minerally dry. The 15% Alc. are very well integrated, the firm body is combined with a nearly perfect acidity. Gigondas at its best.
Intriguing bouquet; like walking into a store in India loaded with all sorts of spices. Beautiful fruit juice on the palate with also spices good bitterness and acidity and a firm body. Beautifully soft tannin still offering a bite. Half way maturity stage and a real beauty now. Will stay on this level for some years.
Wowza, quite an interesting nose. Smokey, meaty, bloody, and savory. I would think Northern Rhône whether through strong oak or strong Syrah influence. This is a bloody, savory, Umami-laden wine on the nose, but then it shows surprisingly delicate flavors on the palate. There is a lot to admire here, although it is also a touch lean and hollow, whether due to being dried out (oak?) or just not opened up yet. The good news is that I have another half bottle to revisit tomorrow night to see for sure.
Deep color. Very inviiting aromatics of toffee and sinuous red fruit. Big but shapely with tremendous volume of round fruit and a strong ground coffee note. Yep, there is some wood, but this has been easily integrated and serves the true calling of wood, which is to frame and complement the wine rather than to dominate it. This could still use more time, but it is formidably delicious now if you can tolerate a more modern, less terroir-oriented style.
Rubied, dark; brooding, closed but there is a stream of masked minerally fruit in the background; muscular, core of fruit almost hidden by peppery tannins, all hanging on fine acidity; finishes extremely long & cleanly. Needs at least two more years.
Developing really nicely, only the very slightest loss of colour from the rim, but with much better integrated tannin than formerly. Stuffed full of blackcurrant fruit complemented by tertiary earthy and toasty notes. Long, well balanced, very enjoyable.
Colour: Solid dark red. Nose: Mostly blackberry wiht hints of oak and vanilla. Palate: More blackberry and vanilla. Still very youthful, good acidity and firm tannins. This definitely has plenty more miles in it but thoroughly enjoyable already.
Has now started to integrate - although the tannin is still quite apparent at the finish. Lovely bright nose of blackberry and black cherry fruit with some other toasty notes. Full bodied with nice pure black fruit character and some hints of spice. Perfectly drinkable now, but with more upside and hopefully plenty of secondary flavours waiting to develop.
Deep, youthful colour. Roughly the hue of undiluted ribena with a bright purple rim. Lots of legs, which actually have a purple tint to them.
Pronounced very youthful nose of dark fruits, blackberries and plums together with spicy oak, herbs and a distinct note of licorice.
Dry and extremely full bodied, a very chewy red wine. Moderate but well balanced acidity and a whopping level of alcohol (label says 15%, must be going on towards 16%). Fruit character consistent with nose, heaps of brambly fruit together with some bready flavours. Oak shows through as a spicy character together with a creamy vannilin edge. Hefty level of tannin. Excellent, consistent length.
Extraordinarily young wine but of fabulous quality, needs at least 3 years rest in the cellar. (@ HOH)