91 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2008
($30) Bright red. Raspberry, anise and floral aromas are impressively pure and energetic. Round and sweet but lively, offering fresh red and dark berry flavors and a silky tannic framework. Becomes richer on the long, sappy finish, with the raspberry quality repeating. This is utterly delicious.
89 Points | Wine Spectator
Amazing with grilled lamb
I tasted this wine in the store and enjoyed it, but knew it needed to be paired with other strong flavors. I prepared a leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary cooked slowly on an open grill. The combination was melt in your mouth amazing. One of the best wine-food pairings I've encountered.
W.O.W. - wonderful, out of this world
Wow, this wine was a wonderful pairing with our dinner of smoked, standing rib roast. This is the first time we've had Gigondas, which is 80% grenache. I had another glass a few days later (kept at temperature in our wine cooler); and, the wine tasted great on its own. The wine is spicy, with a touch of cedar, and, quite a dry finish. It reminded me of a Chateauneuf-du-Pape I had many years ago, making me want to re-visit that wine again.
Food and Wine Epiphany
This wine was so good with this food I had to give the total experience 5 stars. Ive only had Gigondas twice and the last time was just as amazing except I paid $10.00 more for that bottle of Domaine du Cayron. Needless to say, I had high hopes for this bottle so I prepared the ultimate Provencal meal to go with it: Lamb shoulder kabobs marinated in olive oil, salt, garlic, fresh thyme, oregano, winter savory and marjoram and then threaded on branches of rosemary with fresh bay leaves between each piece of meat; then a sort of grilled ratatouille, and potatoes gratin. The night I made it and decanted the wine, it was good but three days later the wine had really opened up and the food had marinated. It was so good, absolute food and wine gnosis. I finished the bottle with a slice of simple Colby-Jack and that blew away as well. Anyway, this wine I think will be amazing with anything with tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, Provencal herbs and veggies(zucchini, onions, eggplant, bell peppers) and of course the most wine friendly meat, lamb.
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I had this last night, a smooth and spicy blend. Quite delicious. I will explore other French wines now.
2005 Old World Dinner Wine
by Thumper 12141604
Spicy, bright palate of berries and leather with a touch of cedar on the slightly chewy finish. This fine representative of the Gigondas DOC paired well with lean round steak, kale and potatoes. I would not give this offering the opulent accolades accorded by Tanzer's J. Raynolds. But it's a good wine at a good price, especially given the dreadful Euro/USD Xchng Rate!
About Gigondas and Vacqueyras
The village of Gigondas, a few miles to the northeast of Chateauneuf at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, was the first Cotes du Rhone-Villages wine to win its own appellation, with nearby Vacqueyras the next to be so recognized.
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