2011 E. Guigal Gigondas
Wine & Spirits
This feels regal and old-fashioned in the best way, a gruff, gravelly Gigondas made charming by its subdued fruit and sweet earthiness. Two years in oak foudres—half of them new—has added a brown-sugar richness to the fruit; any charry notes have been incorporated fully, turning the flavors toward roast meat. Firm and savory, this is a pleasure to drink now, and it’s sure to age well over the next decade.
Opaque ruby. Pungent, floral red and dark berry scents, along with a smoky mineral quality and a hint of olive; seems like there's more Syrah in here. Spicy blackberry and cherry-cola flavors put on weight with air, picking up an exotic touch of violet pastille. Maintains focus and energy through its long, smoky, gently tannic finish, with the floral quality emphatically echoing. (JR)
This features a rugged edge, with lots of roasted alder and juniper notes framing a core of fig, blackberry and black cherry paste flavors. Hints of ganache and tar add heft to the finish. Has a nice throwback feel. Best from 2016 through 2021. 2,000 cases imported. (JM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Gigondas has lots of kirsch, sweet cherries, spice and cedar wood to go with a medium-bodied, perfumed, Provencal style. It should drink well for a decade or more. (JD)
Bright dark ruby. Round and mellow. Lots of spice and delivery. Great lip smacking fruit with some transparency. This may not be a famous appellation for this producer but it shows how Guigal works hard to ensure that the fruit they buy in is up to a certain level. There is some salty sappiness here. A good point to drink it. Full and satisfyingly fruity but not heavy at all. Shows the 'altitude' of the appellation.