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2017 Domaine Raspail-Ay Gigondas

SKU #1511257 93-94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Brilliant ruby. High-toned aromas of red/blue fruit preserves and candied flowers, along with a bright, spicy topnote. Shows sharp focus and lift to juicy black raspberry, boysenberry and lavender pastille flavors, which slowly spread out on the back half. Finishes smoky, subtly sweet and impressively long, with mounting tannins and a whiplash of sweet blue fruit. (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Gigondas is a beauty, and Southern Rhône lovers owe it to themselves to have bottles of Raspail-Ay in their cellar. A blend of 70% Grenache, 23% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre, brought up all in very old foudres, it offers a vivid ruby color as well as a smorgasbord of Provençal goodness in its kirsch, sappy flowers, incense, ground pepper, and obvious minerality. Reminding me of the 1990 with its sexy, charming character, this concentrated, perfectly balanced effort will drink nicely with short-term cellaring and keep for two decades. Unfortunately, no 2018 was submitted. Inner quote mark (9/2019)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A blend of 70% Grenache, 23% Syrah and 7% Mourvèdre, all aged in old foudres, the 2017 Gigondas performed brilliantly, both in my blind tasting and at the domaine. Floral notes accent red berries on the nose, while on the full-bodied palate, darker notes of espresso, black olive and chocolate take charge. It's richly tannic but ripe, with a creamy-velvety feel in the mouth and a long, savory finish. (JC) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is a rich, hulky blend of Grenache (70%), Syrah (23%) and Mourvèdre (7%) packed with unctuous plum and black cherry. It's warm and headily spiced, accented by notes of cinnamon, milk chocolate and cardamom. It's an ample, open wine ready to drink now but bold, gripping tannins suggest it will hold through 2030. (AI) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

K&L Notes

One single vineyard and one single wine, that's it. That is one of the hallmarks of Raspail-Ay. A classic producer, making classic wines that have the stuffing to last and no pretense. This is great honest Gigondas.

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