B-21 Top Recommendation
Readers of these pages are keenly aware of my unabashed affection for what I consider the most important wines of this appellation. "Important" – using my parameters – doesn't mean "most expensive," nor does it necessarily have to do with 100% new French oak barrels. In fact, when it comes to expressing the classic character of this zone – tell-tale Provençal spice, notes of garrigue, wind-swept terroir and buckets of blackberry fruit – "important" producers are rarely expensive and tend to avoid barriques.
I'm confirming Joe Czerwinski's review, having tasted during a recent trek through France. In fact, I'm more taken with the wine. We both agree this is a wine to drink within a few years – an unquantifiable level of decadence ensures this time window will not be challenged. Slip this in a blind tasting of Chateauneuf and see how well it does at a fraction of the cost. What a bottle of Gigondas – priced as a Cotes du Rhone.