Produced on sandy soils, which cover a small part of the appellation, Grenache expresses great softness and is very aromatic without being heavy. This wine is full bodied but with finesse at the same time.
› The vintage
In 2010, all the right conditions were united to produce an exceptional vintage.
The vines grow on limestone, calcareous marl and sandy soils, giving the Grenache immense finesse and elegance with unique aromas.
Located mid-hill, just under the village centre, the Famille Perrin vineyard is amongst the most historical vineyards in Gigondas. It benefits from a flow of cold air which blows through the valley situated to the west of the village.
Limestone, calcareous marl, clay and sand. The vines are planted on terraces, facing northwest.
The whole harvest is destemmed. Vinification in wooden truncated casks and stainless steel tanks. Ageing in Foudres and barriques.
• Tasting advices
› Tasting video
Colour: Bright ruby red with purple undertones
Serve at 16°C with a veal chop with morels or a crispy lamb breast.
• Reviews and Awards
Juicy and well-built, with a solid core of black and red currant fruit wrapped with anise, graphite and smoldering black tea leaf hints. Nicely packed, but stays racy through the finish. Rock-solid. Drink now through 2020. [+]
• Note: 92/100
Wine Spectator - 31/10/2012
Gigondas is full bodied and richly flavored; a lightly tannic, well balanced wine with a long finish, tasting of strawberry, violet, toast, plum, pepper, and red currant. [+]
• Note: *****
Restaurant Wine - 31/10/2012
AL - Dark purple red with violet hue and black centre. Elegant and refined fruit on the nose, backed by a touch of mild spices and minerality. On the palate great freshness, complexity, richness and elegance with good length. 94 MdM - High ripeness with very dark fruit, black- berry, dates and figs, attractive spiciness with black pepper, meat and smoke. The palate is full and intense, not jammy and without sweetness, excel- lent dark peppery fruit, lovely tannic backbone and very long spicy finish. Really good stuff! 93 [+]
• Note: 93,5/100
Tasted Journal Markus del Monego, Andreas Larsson - 01/06/2012
Bright ruby-red. Heady, seductively perfumed scents of raspberry and cherry preserves, dried lavender and spicecake. Bright, forceful red and dark berry and floral pastille flavors are given spine by tangy acidity, with silky tannins providing further support. A lithe, palate-staining midweight that finishes with very good definition and lingering sweetness. [+]
• Note: 90/100
International Wine Cellar Josh Raynolds - 01/02/2012
Amazingly sweet and open and almost soft! Very polished. Sweet. Certainly not one of the most dramatic Gigondas but lots of pleasure. Just slightly dry on the end. [+]
• Note: 16+/20
Jancis Robinson - 04/10/2011
Vibrant ruby. Red berry compote, cherry and potpourri on the intensely perfumed nose. Pliant, palate-staining red fruit flavors take on weight with air and are lifted by juicy acidity and a spicy nuance. Packs a serious punch but comes off elegant and precise, finishing sweet, seamless and very long. [+]
• Note: 92/100
International Wine Cellar Josh Raynolds