2009 Domaine Saint François Xavier "Prestige des Dentelles" Gigondas
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(70% grenache, 13% each of mourvedre and syrah and 4% cinsault): Fully ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of dark berry preserves, licorice and lavender, with smoke and cola nuances adding complexity. Broad, palate-coating blackberry and bitter cherry flavors show very good depth and a supple texture. Closes sweet, smoky and long, with an echo of candied flowers.
Situated in the heart of the famous "Dentelles de Montmirail" in the southern Rhône, the Domaine Saint François Xavier has long followed the "culture of the vines," with generation after generation focusing on the ideals of quality and authenticity. Today the Gras family continues this tradition, and runs their 28 hectare domaine using only natural and organic cultivation techniques. The 2009 Prestige des Dentelles is a blend of 70% Grenache, 13% Syrah, 13% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. The vines, most of which are approaching 40 years of age, is finished in old wood casks for 8-12 months. Rich and deep, with black cherries, spices and mineral smoke, this structured red is best paired with hearty red meats and will benefit from several years in the cellar. 14.5% abv.