2011 Domaine du Grapillon d'Or Gigondas Excellence, Gigondas (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Rhône
Sub-Region: Gigondas
Grape Varietal: Grenache
Review Score: 90WA, 90WS

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Looking at their bottled releases, the 2011 Gigondas Excellence is a tank-aged blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah that comes from the older vines on the estate. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, it is a beautifully pure, lively effort that exhibits classic blackberry fruit, mulled spices, leather and dried garrigue-like aromas and flavors to go with a medium-bodied, balanced and already delicious profile on the palate. It's an outstanding, classic Gigondas that will drink nicely over the coming 6-8 years.

90 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 210 - Dec 2013)

This has a good frame of mesquite and mulling spice, which melds nicely with the core of steeped plum, red currant and black cherry fruit. The gentle, supple finish lingers well. Drink now through 2015. 660 cases made.

90 points, Wine Spectator (2014)