2007 Domaine des Florets Gigondas

Domaine des Florets Gigondas

We first came to fully appreciate the greatness of the 2007 vintage in the southern Rhone with Jerome Boudier and his 2007 Gigondas. But it wasn't while in the cellar. It was a day later, when we went back to the bottle that we had left uncorked on the windowsill of our hotel room. On day one, the wine was simply delicious. On day two, it was something else altogether.

The 2007 Domaine des Florets Gigondas is so opulent, with so much expansively delicious red fruit that one is tempted to think this is just a cheap thrill -- short-term hedonism in a bottle. But wait a day. Leave the wine out on the counter as we did. Then try it again. Instead of breaking down, this wine somehow just gains focus, with wildly jammy red fruit flavors being honed into something more liqueur-like and cerebral.

Terraced Vineyards on the Dentelles
Terraced Vineyards on the Dentelles
All the stars were aligned for Boudier in 2007. He benefits from the highly mineral, calcareous/flint soil of the Dentelles de Montmirail, the rugged rocky protrusion that marks Gigondas as one looks east from the vineyards of Chateauneuf. Florets sits on the cool side of the Dentelles, facing northeast, the perfect position to take advantage of the drawn-out growing season of 2007, which was marked by marvelously blue skies and cleansing winds of the Indian Summer.

Each day, beginning in the second week of September, Boudier plucked grapes and tossed them in his mouth. Hygiene was perfect and Boudier waited, allowing the juice of the small berries of 2007 to concentrate incrementally. In the end, Jerome told us, he so enjoyed the berries, he hated picking them!

This wine is deep ruby, almost black, in color. It opens with huge, flowery, concentrated red fruit aromas, with hints of kirsch, and shows the same rich concentrated fruits on the palate. Drink this now for the primary fruit generosity or age for up to a decade.

This wine is perfect served with steak au poivre.