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Blackberries, charcoal, roasted herbs, and ample minerality all emerge from this rich, full-bodied, barrel sample that's going to need 2-3 years of bottle age. It's a beauty, but patience will be your friend.

93-95 points

Jeb Dunnuck 

jebdunnuck.com, February 2017

      This product is eligible for 10% discount when 12x75cl bottles are purchased (excludes En Primeur, Selected Fine Wines, Pre-Mixed Cases, Offers and Non-Wine Items)
      Tasting Notes and Description
      Domaine du Grapillon d'Or Gigondas Excellence 2016, 75cl

      6 bottles beautifully presented in a bespoke wooden case.

      Proprietors Celine and Bernard Chauvet own 37 acres in Gigondas, primarily on clay and limestone soils. Their Gigondas is composed mainly of Grenache with a smaller proportion of Syrah. Grapes are harvested by hand and carefully sorted. After fermentation the wine spends 12 months in old oak barrels. The wine is dense with flavours of concentrated dark fruit.

      This wine is perfect with leg of lamb, beef with wine sauce, roast pigeon, game and cheese. Serve it at a temperature of 18°. The wine will keep for up to 10 years, but will be at its best at between 3 and 6 years of age.

      "Still in a combination of concrete and steel, the 2016 Gigondas Excellence looks even better than it did last year. Plum, cola and blueberry notes mingle on the nose of this 60 Syrah blend. It's full-bodied and supple, long, complete and youthful. It's set to be released in fall 2020. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
      94 - 96 points."
      (Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate #238, August 2019)

      "60% Grenache, 40% Syrah. Tank sample. No oak.
      Meaty, fleshy, dark and thick with an oily, tarry note to finish. All the power of southern Rhône. A big step up from the classic cuvée, although that doesn’t make it better – just more relevant to those who want bigger flavours.
      16.5 points."
      (Richard Hemming, JR Purple Pages, October 2018)
      Grape Variety
      Grenache, Shiraz / Syrah
      Colour
      Red
      Country
      France
      Region
      Rhone
      Sub Region
      Gigondas
      Vintage
      2016
      Still/Sparkling
      Still
      Body Style
      Full Bodied Red
      ABV
      15%
      Organic
      No
      Biodynamic
      No
      Vegan
      No

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