2013 Cécile Chassagne Gigondas (Previously $20)
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)
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)
Named for the family's second-generation winemaker, Cécile Chassagne took over the family vineyard in Gigondas which were planted by her 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.