Sadly, not at all meeting up to our expectations around 95p.
Has either withdrawn in to its shell or just simply come out of the closet. No more stained teeth. No more umpa-umpa.
Dark red. Nose is huge for the genre and not immediately Grenache. Has very fine qualities here that stirs up memories of walking around in La Garrigue in the winter time, just wishing for those special Southern French aromas to emerge... But, they were nowhere to be found. Palate: Quite in line with the food friendly M-bodied acid-driven Southern French wines we've enjoyed throughout life. The added edge here, is that that this wine has a maturing mellow core that streches from the entry and throughout the finish. This is very attractive, and not your everyday glass-o-wine. All in place but lacking in concentration and umpa-umpa for the higher score we so much had anticipated.
We both think that our score may have been too high to honestly reflect our taste in a blind tasting. Sorry for being slightly blinded by previous experience and expectations, as well as STUNNING food at: La Rochelle 'Sanno', delivering yet another absolutely fabulous MEGA-dinner.
*** After decanting: Left the tasting glas (the one with sediment and all) for an hour, and at 21C it was undrinkable, due to the high level of EtOH. Please make sure you drink this around 18C. ***
Wow! This effort never ceases to amaze me. It is still young with a lot of primary fruit left. A masterpiece. The first impression is a cascade of cool dark mature fruits and sun dried flowers. Then there is the classical thyme, sage and rosemary combined with subtle tones of leather and garrigue(!). The palate is extremely well integrated, fruit, tannins and acidity are all perfectly matched. Tannins are present but certainly more subtle tonight compared to previous tastings. The finish just goes and on and on. It actually lasts for an eternity... A beautiful wine and without doubt the best Gigondas I have ever tasted. This is a true gem.
Initially, straight from the bottle after pnp, the wine was what could only be described as ragged. The nose was very primary fruit and it was hot with alcohol and the tannins were aggressive.
After 2 hours in the decanter, the wine underwent a total tranformation.
dark cherry, blackberries, , garrigue and stone on the nose and palate. SOme additional menthol on the nose that i didnt get in the mouth. Tannins regressed to a soft but structured backbone to the wine. Really pleasant surprise. The change in character in the wine was so stark that my wife swore that I had simply discarded the original bottle and opened something better.
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