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The Wines

60-70% Grenache, 10-33% Mourvèdre, 5-20% Syrah, 2-10% various others – notably Cinsault, wine bought from 17-40 sources, destemmed, 3-4 week vinification, pumping overs, cap punching, aged chez Guigal 50% new, 50% used large barrels 24 months, unfined, filtered, 150-200,000 b

2015

regular red robe; the nose is nicely varied, on plums and red berries, hints of herbs, sweetness in its backdrop, husky notes, a slight downhome aspect. The palate bustles along on peppery content, with squeezy gras richness and speaks of freshness well spread through it. It shows some charge on the finish, which isn’t yet fully integrated. Raspberry fruit lies at its core. It will come together over the next four to five years. It’s sound Gigondas, without the detail of the leaders, though. 14.5°. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. 2037-39 March 2019

2014 ()

full red colour. The bouquet shows a sweet red-fruited aroma, cooked plums, a little spicing. The palate has a fat content, is rich and immediate in that sense. It develops a smoked, pebbly moment as it closes. It’s a straightforward Gigondas, with ripeness and roundness expressed more than anything more intricate or complicated. It will please newcomers to the Rhône. 2027-29 Nov 2017

2013

red robe. The nose is clear-toned, blackberry and blueberry fruit come with some coolness, licorice. It’s a rather stylish start. The palate runs with elegant juice, a tasty delivery. The tannins are live, criss-crossing it, and bringing darts of freshness. The finish has a spark of good life, and this is a worthy ensemble that captures the vintage well. It has breadth, and good movement, drinks well now. 14.5°. 150,000 b. 70% Gren, 20% Syr, 10% Mourv. 2032-34 June 2017

2011 ()

pretty full red robe. Has an inky, spiced aroma, mulberry and ripe red berries such as raspberry, along with a note of ciolet. The palate is sweet, delivers a prune and soaked raspberries flavour. The shape is round, the content fleshy, plump. A Gigondas for stews, casseroles. It is a bit on the obvious side, but is wholesome, uncomplicated. The finish has a clearer, more lifted note than the attack, then delivers notable spicing. This will become more interesting and less obviously succulent over time. 14.5°. 2029-31  Oct 2015

2010 ()

full red. Wide, promising nose that is well-filled, with dark red fruit, mulberry, tobacco, mocha – a bouquet of substance. The palate holds tightly packed dark red fruits with plenty of tannin close beside them. It is more complete and complex than the 2009 Gigondas, has a sense of fire in its veins, a real six-pack style torso. It has a fresh declension, with its southern strength well sustained. Good length, too. 14.5°. From 2015. 2036-38  May 2013

2009 ()

three-quarter red. The nose shows an interesting variety – bright red fruits which are good and ripe, red jam, a splash of herbs. The palate isn’t quite scaled to be chunky, but has a muscular nature, is obviously young, grainy, its red fruit cool and subdued. The palate is behind the nose in declaration. It gathers smoky tannins, ending on a flinty grip. It needs patience – drink from 2015. The aftertaste is clear, a local note there. 14.5°. 2030-32  May 2013

2008 No Rating

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2007

quite a dark robe; menthol, coriander, spiced tea airs in an ample, wide, rather meaty bouquet. Good grain in this, has a Grenache heart of plum fruit and a classic 2007 mass, with some late shift towards openness. This tries to present a velveteen nature, and is partly successful in that. The length is good. 2030-32 July 2011

2006 ()

decent red, fair depth. Red fruits lead the nose, a touch of game – the fruit is forward, is like a compact red cherry. There is a good run of fruit early on in the palate – it gains both weight and tannin, the flavour is a live red cherry. Has a pebbly, secure finish. From mid-2011. 2025-27 July 2010

2005

full robe with Mourvèdre darkness in it. There is a pretty traverse of polished black fruit across the glass, and a crisp, clear fruitiness lifts the wine. The palate starts out peppery, backed by a good inset and backing of matter – the length is handsome – allez le Mourvèdre! Good, approachable wine, with the heart to deliver more. Great freshness on the finish, and there is nice richness around its spine. The percentage of varieties has been well judged for the wine to deliver pleasure. Bottled Sept 2008. 2026-28 Dec 2008

2004

dark, bright robe; quite a sealed-up red fruit nose, with raspberry at the centre – is mostly hidden. The palate is shaped and structured by its Mourvèdre that gives it a secure frame. The tannins are ripe, the interior shows mature fruit. I find the nose more reserved than the palate, whose content is not that alert inside the Mourvèdre fully-fledged walls. Middle of the road wine, with some character of its own from the Mourvèdre (that word again). It is like a walled swimming pool – without water inside it. From 2010. 2024-26 Jan 2008

2003

full red robe; sweet, full bouquet that is youthful and formed around aromatic chocolate and raisin. Has a plum flavour with a tannic lining that gives it some bite and prevents excess sweetness. Robust, assured wine, with good length. Has a chunky, still square-shaped finale. Has enough richness to drink well on its own. Reliable quality. 2022-24 Oct 2007