Domaine du Clos des Tourelles - 2015

Domaine du Clos des Tourelles, a place out of time, surrounded by his "clos" of old Grenache.

Story

The vintage
2015 was a magnificent year in the south as well, characterized by excellent sanitary conditions thanks to the mild, wet winter, followed by a relatively hot, dry spring. The vines coped well with the extreme heat and lack of rain in the summer thanks to good hydric reserves. Following satisfactory flowering, rapid and regular ripening was assisted by rain that fell in August, producing berries rich in phenolic compounds and anthocyanins. As in the north, harvesting took place under excellent conditions.
Description
Vines and old vines from this vineyard, whether from the mid-slopes or from the heart of the “Clos”, provide the wine with elegance and a unique aromatic finesse.
Situation
The “Domaine des Tourelles” is located at the foot of the village of Gigondas. The vineyard, which includes a “Clos” directly next to the Property and the village, is orientated north west and enjoys a cool microclimate which allows late harvests.
Terroir
The vineyard’s soils are calcareous, with a very specific sandy matrix, which can be felt more specifically within the “clos”.
Process
The harvest date is defined by regular checks on the ripeness and berry tastings. The harvest is manually picked and the greatest care is taken with the bunches that are used whole in vats. After a few days of maceration, the fermentation starts spontaneously with the indigenous yeasts. The extraction is mainly done by light punch downs. After pressing in a vertical press, the wines are aged in oak Foudres for a year and a half.
Varietals
Grenache noir
Syrah

Advice

Tasting notes
Beautiful deep red dress. On the nose, it offers aromas of undergrowth, red fruit, violet and liquorice. Deep and complex in the mouth, its power is well balanced thanks to a beautiful freshness.
Serving
Serve at 16°C.

Reviews

97/100
"The finest vintage to date, the 2015 Gigondas Le Clos des Tourelles comes from a tiny vineyard located just inside the village of Gigondas. Incorporating a touch of Syrah, this Grenache dominated beauty reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as off the chart notes of black raspberries, black cherries, pepper, garrigue, and tons of that classic Gigondas spice. I wrote “Wow” more than once in my notes and this full-bodied 2015 has ultra-fine tannin, perfect balance, and a stacked mid-palate. Give bottles 2-3 years and drink over the following 15+ years."
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94/100
"Slighter richer is the 2015 Gigondas Clos des Tourelles. It shows similar floral notes but fills the mouth with ripe stone fruit and cherries, fine tannins and an incredibly silky finish. All of the Perrin Gigondas show the elegant side of the appellation."
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93/100
"This is still a bit compact, with a juicy core of dark currant and fig paste flavors waiting to unwind, held in check for now by brambly grip and licorice root and singed tobacco leaf notes. Reveals a light tarry echo. Solidly built."
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93/100
"Wild stuff, but in an exciting way. This has pushed fruit ripeness to the limit and the dense, textured palate is a mixture of raisins, dark cherry and mountainside scrub."
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95/100
""Brilliant ruby color. Powerful cherry, blackberry and floral pastille aromas are energized by building spice and floral notes. Stains the palate with sappy red/dark berry preserve, candied lavender and spicecake flavors and shows a touch of licorice on the back half. Refuses to let up on the powerful finish, which features gently chewy tannins and resonating cherry and floral notes.""
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