2013 Cécile Chassagne Gigondas

SKU #1221923 89-91 points Vinous

 Bright ruby-red. Heady smoke- and spice-accented aromas of dark fruit preserves, mustard seed, white pepper and lavender are enlivened by a mineral nuance. Palate-coating blueberry and cherry compote flavors are lifted by smoky mineral and floral nuances. Expands and deepens on the finish, which is framed by smooth, subtle tannins. This sexy, floral wine should be appealing on the young side but it also looks like it has the depth to age. (JR)  (5/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Gigondas is a straightforward and enjoyable effort that gives up plenty of dark fruits and Provencal herbs, licorice, medium-bodied richness and depth, and a nicely textured, clean finish. Made from 35% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. (JD)  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

Named for the family's second-generation winemaker, Cécile Chassagne took over the family vineyard in Gigondas which was planted by his father in 1974. This blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah is made in a traditional method without destemming. A long fermentation in open-topped wood tanks followed by aging the wine for four months in new Allier oak. The resulting wine is medium-bodied in a meaty and elegant expression of Gigondas terroir.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2015 | Send Email
Cecile's wines are always a great old school take on Gigondas. So many producers have skewed towards ultra-ripe and jammy but the wines that last and resonate are the ones with perfume and elegance. This has that and more. Crushed flowers, garrigue, cherry fruit, tilled earth and leather permeate the nose. Fine tannins and a supple finish make this great right now but the acidity will give it many years of life in the cellar.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/24/2015 | Send Email
This is real Rhone wine in the style that quickly reminds me of what I've been missing when I go too long without drinking it. Crushed violets and dark fruit dance on the palate with richness and a deep concentration that smooths out on the finish. What a hot screaming deal of a wine.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5