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A Pair of 97-Point, 2015 Gigondas - Two Standouts from a Superlative Vintage - 12/07/2017 - Rhone Valley

Both earning 97-point ratings and superlative reviews from Jeb Dunnuck, the 2015 Gigondas from Famille Perrin and Domaine Saint Damien are true superstars from a brilliant vintage. This pair clearly struck a chord with the former Wine Advocate Rhone critic, as he called the Perrin’s Tourelles “the finest vintage to date,” and Damien’s Souteyrades “heavenly juice.” Such lavish praise doesn’t come along often and is a testament to the truly transcendent nature of these wines. Among the best examples from an exemplary vintage, this pair offers up richness, potency, and depth, but never at the expense of focus and refinement. When Gigondas outperforms Chateauneuf at such modest price-points, it is time to take notice. At these prices, it's time to load up. Like many of the 2015s, these will show beautifully upon release, but also have the density and structure to age for decades to come. For those seeking top wines from reference-point producers in an ideal vintage, look no further, as this pair more than fits the bill.

These products are expected to arrive for shipment or pickup by March 2018.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas "Les Souteyrades" (Pre-Arrival) 97 $29.99 View
2015 Famille Perrin "Domaine du Clos des Tourelles" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) 97 $54.99 View

2015 Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas "Les Souteyrades" (Pre-Arrival) ($29.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The most opulent and voluptuous of the 2015s, the 2015 Gigondas Les Souteyrades is heavenly juice that, again, drinks well past its humble price point. Just loaded with notions of strawberries, framboise, spring flowers, dried orange peels and spice, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a thick, unctuous texture, sweet tannin and a great, great finish. This cuvee is the normal 80/20 split of Grenache and Mourvèdre, aged all in foudre, and theres just 750 cases made." (10/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Like the La Louisiane, the 2015 Gigondas les Souteyrades spent a year in foudres prior to bottling. It a similar blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre, but grown on north-facing gray clays. There's more pepper and herb here, still wonderfully ripe raspberries but less chocolate. Full-bodied, it's still silky and refined, with tremendous length on the finish. At Domaine Saint Damien, there are four Gigondas cuvées, although the Clovis Saurel isn't bottled every year. It's a small, family domaine with the magnificently mustachioed Joël Saurel at the helm, although son Romain is increasingly confident in the winery. This is a reference point for traditional Gigondas, but the family also owns a small portion of Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu. We finished up with a handful of older wines, which I noted for readers who may have cellared them.(JC)" (10/2017)

92-94 points Vinous: "Full ruby. Ripe black raspberry, violet, incense and peppery spices on the highly fragrant nose. Palate-staining red and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors show impressive energy, and a minerally topnote gains intensity as the wine opens up. Rich yet energetic in style, showing serious closing thrust, harmonious tannins and a suave, lingering floral quality. (JR)" (01/2017)

2015 Famille Perrin "Domaine du Clos des Tourelles" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival) - -180 available ($54.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The finest vintage to date, the 2015 Gigondas Le Clos des Tourelles comes from a tiny vineyard located just inside the village of Gigondas. Incorporating a touch of Syrah, this Grenache dominated beauty reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as off the chart notes of black raspberries, black cherries, pepper, garrigue, and tons of that classic Gigondas spice. I wrote Wow more than once in my notes and this full-bodied 2015 has ultra-fine tannin, perfect balance, and a stacked mid-palate. Give bottles 2-3 years and drink over the following 15+ years." (10/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Slighter richer is the 2015 Gigondas Clos des Tourelles. It shows similar floral notes but fills the mouth with ripe stone fruit and cherries, fine tannins and an incredibly silky finish. All of the Perrin Gigondas show the elegant side of the appellation. (JC)" (10/2017)

92-94 points Vinous: "Vivid ruby. Expressive aromas of blackberry, cherry compote and candied flowers are sharpened by a smoky mineral topnote. Gently sweet and focused on the palate, offering intense red and blue fruit flavors that deepen and spread out slowly with aeration. Shows hints of candied licorice and allspice on a very long, sappy finish that features smooth tannins and an exotic twist of blood orange. (JR)" (09/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "This is still a bit compact, with a juicy core of dark currant and fig paste flavors waiting to unwind, held in check for now by brambly grip and licorice root and singed tobacco leaf notes. Reveals a light tarry echo. Solidly built. (JM)" (04/2018)