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Super Sharp Prices on Châteauneuf & Gigondas - 11/12/2017 - Rhone Valley

One of the most exciting additions to our direct import portfolio is without question Domaine Tourbillon. Proprietor Benjamin Tourbillon is a passionate and talented winemaker whose singular commitment to quality places him among the region’s best. As the wines featured here show with abundant clarity, the expression of terroir is central to his approach. These are enchanting renderings that exhibit classic, old world profiles, while remaining bright and vibrant. It’s no secret that in the Southern Rhône, the coveted appellations of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas grow more and more expensive with each passing vintage; making the prices here something of a breath of fresh air. When you consider most top-tiered Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas cost well-above $30, the value here is incontestable. In point of fact, they count among the best values out of the Rhône we’ve seen in 2017. For those on the hunt for classic, traditionally crafted reds with a modern twist, this pair delivers in spades. We suspect collectors will want to stock up on these gems, as they are the perfect picks for near-term drinking, but will also continue to develop beautifully for years to come. Scroll below for the for our staff reviews and you’ll see just how taken we were by these gorgeous reds.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2015 Domaine Tourbillon "Vieilles Vignes" Gigondas 90 >48 $17.99 View
2014 Domaine Tourbillon "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 93 >48 $24.99 View


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2015 Domaine Tourbillon "Vieilles Vignes" Gigondas ($17.99)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes is more structured and classic than the 2016, offering lots of peppery herbs, cedar, framboise and black cherry aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and with plenty of underlying tannins, give bottles 2-3 years of bottle age and enjoy through 2027. (JebDunnuck.com)" (10/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes is quite pure and supple, offering hints of earth and cherries on the nose, ample weight on the palate and building layers of peppery spice on the long finish. It should drink well for at least 5 years. (JC)" (10/2017)

K&L Notes: In 2012, Benjamin Tourbillon acquired old vine vineyards in Gigondas and Chateauneuf-du-Pape and launched Domaine Tourbillon. The winery lies in the heart of the Plan de Dieu appellation in the village of Violes. Along with his holdings in Plan de Dieu and Chateauneuf du Pape, Benjamin has about 4 hectares of Gigondas planted to a mix of primarily Grenache, with bits of Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault also in the mix. The VV Gigondas is about 90% Grenache from vines planted in the 1960s and the concentration shows. Aged in a mix of concrete tanks and used barriques and demi-muids, it has a deeper red color with inviting black fruit aromas and a punch of peppery spice. This is rich and robust Gigondas that is a terrific new addition to our Direct Import program.

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 28, 2017

As much as I went bonkers over the Tourbillon Châteauneuf-du-pape, I actually might have liked the Gigondas even more. The aromatics are charming with blackberry, bacon, a little perfume, and spice. Just like the Chateauneuf, there is a lovely rustic element to the wine, but the fruit is still upfront and center. Excellent intensity with a nice, agile weight. Just a touch more elegant than the Chateauneuf. I was incredibly impressed by this wine. Southern Rhone fans look out--this is not to be missed.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 24, 2017

This bottle showcases a ton of personality from the region. The nose is soft fruited and a bit dusty with some prickly raspberry and crushed blueberries. On the palate, there is a bit more peppery spice and great acidity. The fruit flavors come together nicely and would go great with some meatloaf!

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 24, 2017

A very classic styled wine, and by that I mean, balanced, light-footed and elegant. The Gigondas is all about its fruit and spices, and it is gorgeous! Violets and lifted cherries aromatics. Incredibly velvety, round tannins. It is an approachable wine that would elevate any simple dinner to a whole new level.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 24, 2017

We were so pleased to try these wines from Tourbillon when our dear friend Cecile Chassagne - also a winemaker - made the introduction. Tourbillon has property in both Gigondas and Chateauneuf-du-Pape and is killing it on the QPR index. The Gigondas shows the weight and density of the 2015 vintage with its big spice box nose and savory black fruit flavors. This has a lot of weight but a nice polish that makes it a great go-to wine for the pending cooler months. Fleshy and intense, this would make a great pairing with a Moroccan spiced tagine of lamb. For well south of $20, this is a tremendous buy.

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2014 Domaine Tourbillon "Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape ($24.99)

91-93 points Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. Vibrant, mineral-accented raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by sexy floral and spice notes, picking up smokiness and a hint of smokiness in the glass. Seamless, sweet and focused, offering juicy red berry, cherry and lavender pastille flavors that deepen and spread out with air. Finishes sappy and very long, showing harmonious tannins and lingering floral character. (JR)" (04/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Lastly, the 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a forward, charming, mid-weight effort that possesses the vintages early drinking style. Strawberries, spiced red fruits and a hint of garrigue all emerge from this medium-bodied, juicy and well-made red that should be drunk over the coming 5-6 years. (JD)" (10/2016)

K&L Notes: In 2012, Benjamin Tourbillon acquired old vine vineyards in Plan de Dieu, Gigondas and Chateauneuf-du-Pape and launched Domaine Tourbillon. The winery lies in the heart of the Plan de Dieu appellation in the village of Violes. Benjamin's Chateauneuf is from vines planted in the early 1960s. The blend sits around 70% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% all the other fun bits. Aged in a mix of concrete tanks and used barriques and demi-muids, this is a classically brambly style that has an air of sweet fruit and delicious immediacy. The quality of this value CDP makes it a terrific new addition to our Direct Import program.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2017

The first thing to jump out about this spectacularly-priced gem is the color: clear cherry, with the fruit to back it up. There is an almost syrupy mouthfeel through the palate, reminiscent of kirsch, but enough bright acid to keep it lively. Earthy, herbal brush notes and black pepper spice help balance, and theres subtle yet defined structure through the finish. A classic, gorgeous Châteauneuf-du-Pape that showcases this coveted Rhône appellations traditional style while still feeling modern, Tourbillon is a holiday stunner.

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 29, 2017

Wow, yet another superb find from our Rhone leader! This Chateauneuf-du-pape is rather light on its feet. I could tell from just looking at the glass itself, with that wonderful garnet hue, that I was in for a surprise. I was mesmerized by that burst of black cherry, white pepper and exotic wood spice on the nose and entranced by cherry cola, red raspberry with the great concentration of acidity. Well integrated tannins made this an irresistible go-to for anyone who enjoys a super-pleasing palate. With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, this is the perfect wine for the table!

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 28, 2017

Whenever we taste wines at K&L, I typically open a bottle or two and send out an email to the staff asking them to head over to the tasting room to sample new products. This time was different. I was grabbing my co-workers by the sleeves and dragging them into the tasting bar for the Tourbillon Wines. Everyone needs to try these. The value is absolutely unbelievable for the price. Chateauneuf tends to get pretty pricey these days, and Ive been finding less and less to love at affordable price points. The 2014 Tourbillon totally blew me away. It walks the line between modern and traditional in the most beautiful way with bright, clean fruit notes and just enough savory hints to make it captivating. Totally well-built and delicious enough to pop tonight, this is an absolute stellar wine that is soft, supple, earthy and gamey. Oh dang, this is good stuff.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 24, 2017

This is one of those really cool wines at an awesome price... Lots of baking spices, a touch of rhubarb, a hint of leather, Grenache at it's finest! The roundness and depth of the lead varietal truly unfolds on the palate where the soft and supple fruit flavors shine. It's got the perfect richness, more typical of what Chateauneuf should taste like, with a loooooooong finish.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 24, 2017

Bright in color and flavor, this sophisticated CDP displays a more delicate expression of Grenache with brilliant red cherry, herbs and seductive smoke and spice. The balance of fruit, acid and structure is all here. This is enjoyable today but will hold for several years. I appreciate when finesse and restraint are this present in a wine.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 24, 2017

Tourbillon was introduced to us by our friend Cecile Chassagne, a very talented winemaker in her own right. Cecile is based in the village of Sablet and has a handful of small parcels in Gigondas just to the south. We love to rely on the recommendations of our friends and when Cecile introduced us to Tourbillon, there was no surprise that we were enchanted by the wine. This Chateauneuf is pure pleasure in a glass showing the charm of the 2014 vintage with its near-term drinkability. Aromas of cherry and wild strawberry erupt from the glass followed by whispers of brushy garrigue. On the palate the wine has a medium-full weight with flavors of berry compote, oolong tea and potpourri. The wine will drink beautifully for years to come but is so accessible now, it would be a shame to resist. Factor in the price of $25 and you have one of the great Rhone buys of the year.