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Three From Gigondas


Hello,
 
Here are three young wines from Gigondas I’ve recently drunk. The Chapelle St. Arnoux is a diluted version of a Gigondas that can be drunk now. I’d rather spend my $15 to drink something else for it does not evoke Gigondas to me.The St-Damien and Font-Sane are very young and not for the feint of heart. I’d only open these wines to decide if you want to buy more to lay down. The St-Damien is currently drinking better than the Font-Sane and will probably come around sooner. The St-Damien has more creamy, sweet fruit compared to the Font-Sane. The Font-Sane has a lovely perfume and more elegant fruit to it but everything is locked down tight. I don’t have enough experience yet but my one reservation is if there is enough fruit to survive the immense tannins.
 
2005 St-Damien, Cuvee Les Sauteyrades, Gigondas – $25
This wine is made from 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre from vines that are 60 to 70 years old. It is a medium opaque red/ruby with slight more brick color than the Font-Sane. A light nose of slightly sweet fruit and spice. In the mouth it has light round, tart blue-red fruit with some creaminess. There is blue fruit in the finish enlivened by acidity. This full-bodied wine wraps up with fine, mouth coating tannins. Try in five years.

2005 Domaine Font-Sane, Cuvee Terrasses des Dentelles, Gigondas – $28
This is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. This wine is made from grapes grown on 4 Ha of man-made terraces. The higher altitude helps give more finesse. This medium-opaque wine is a tad more ruby and vibrant than the St-Damien. It has a tight nose that reveals perfumed fruit after much air.  In the mouth there are violet fruits. This wine is structured by significant tannins from the beginning. These tannins are fine and grapey. I’d give it five years before trying again but it may need ten. Quite different from the 2004 regular Gigondas cuvee.

2004 Chapelle St. Arnoux, Cuvee Non-Filtree, Gigondas – $15
This is light to medium ruby-garnet. There is a light nose of red fruit. In the mouth there is cool red fruit, light amounts of pepper, framed by syrah-like structure. The reserved fruit flavors fade in the mouth, replaced by a simple, short finish, and light tannin aftertaste.

Best,

Aaron

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  1. August 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm

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