B-21 Top Recommendation
This estate became a Gigondas point-of-reference for me some forty years ago, the 1978 in particular. Visiting the estate not long after, excited to meet George Faraud and son Michel who represented a 150 year family legacy of winemakers, making just one wine. Recently tasting the 2016 and 2017 recalled that visit and the excitement long before Gigondas became a popular Rhone darling. Knowing well what the estate is capable of, and what Parker wrote about Cayron, "Faraud’s wines are the richest, most exotic, and often the most dramatic of the appellation," the 2017 is too classic Cayron; traditional winemaking in large foudre, aromatics of dark currants, herbs and garrigue, with intriguing complexities expressive of the Mourvedre and Cinsault.