This Domaine de Piaugier Gigondas is a delicious bottle, at a price that doesn't come around often, if ever, for this caliber of juice. It's smooth as silk, with beautifully integrated tannins, and a hearty earthiness. Braised lamb shanks with cippoline onions, carrots and a sprinkling of pancettta are a terrific pairing. Serve them over garlic mashed potatoes or "fauxtatoes" of creamy, mashed cauliflower. Cheers winelovers!
Wine Enthusiast: "Curls of dark chocolate, shaved cinnamon and truffle lend a spicy, smoky intensity to fresh, cutting red plum and raspberry flavors here. Full bodied and high impact in flavor, it's a juicy, lusciously concentrated blend of organically farmed Grenache, Mourvédre and Syrah that's ready to drink now but likely to improve further through 2030 at least." - Nov 2021
Wine Spectator: "Vibrant, with a fresh core of cherry and cassis notes backed by anise, applewood and garrigue hints through the finish. Nice underlying juiciness throughout. Best from 2022 through 2029. 1,500 cases made, 160 cases imported." - Oct 2021
Winery: "Harvested by hand, the grapes macerate in concrete vat. Then it is aged in 30 hectoliters oak foudre for 18 months. The aging gives to this wine a nice texture, combining a nice body and integrated tannins. Thus, it can be consumed young, while having a remarkable cellaring potential.
Made from forty-year-old vines, this complex and rich wine has all the power that is typical of the Rhône, with fully integrated tannins. The excellent terroir also assures great complexity, finesse and length. Although it is ready to drink now, it would benefit from several years in your cellar."
||65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah
||18 months in hectoliter oak foudres
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