2009 E. Guigal Gigondas

SKU #1095988 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The excellent 2009 Gigondas (a blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah) is a ripe, earthy effort displaying peppery notes intermixed with garrigue, blueberries and black raspberries, super fruit (a characteristic of this vintage), low acidity and attractive lushness as well as density. It should drink nicely for a decade.  (12/ 2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Intensely floral, spice-accented bouquet of red berries, rose, lavender and minerals. Powerful strawberry and raspberry fruit flavors are sappy and focused, putting on weight with aeration. Picks up musky herb and licorice qualities on the lively, expanding finish. This suave wine is drinking very well right now but has the stuffing to age.  (1/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Guigal's 2009 Gigondas is a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, and 5% Syrah from vines averaging 40 years old which are planted on slopes of ancient alluvia, red clay, and gravel. A long maceration extracted a generous and full-bodied wine which was aged for two years in 50% new oak foudres. A nose of stone fruit and berries with anise and rose petals reverberate on the firm and rich palate with fine tannins leading into a long, mineral-driven finsh. 13.5% abv.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Gigondas

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5