Well, it has been nearly a year since I opened the first one and rated it 4 stars. Two more have disappeared in the interim without my making any tasting notes, but after nearly a year I thought I ought to open another one and write a note. Still wonderful on the nose with some lavender, garrigue and blackberry. On the palate, it has come together and is wonderfully fruity and smooth with a nice long finish and smooth, well integrated tannin. Really nice! I'm calling it five stars, but it is really probably 4.6 or so. I could pickle myself drinking this!
This is an excellent Xavier Vacqueyras. Delicious black berry and dark fruit bomb. Drinking well now with aging potential if I can keep my hands off it. Better than most of the 2007 CNPs that I have tried and the better than Xavier's 2007 portfolio (Gigondas and CNP.) Nice find!
Complex; Mixed bag, but overall promising
Dark, full fruit, with plenty of alcohol heat (maybe a touch too much), and nice acidity as well. Herbs and stony minerality too. A lot going on here, and hopefully will develop well over the years to come.
The review in the offer is accurate. This is an excellent wine; thoroughly enjoyable now, and will be even better in a year or two. I'm glad I bought a case, and almost regret not buying two. Very, very nice!
Not great, not bad, perhaps expensive for what I was expecting but we enjoyed the bottle. Glad we only bought 2.
a bit disappointing
Given the glowing description of this wine I expected much more. I found this wine to be pretty ordinary - certainly not in the 91-93 point range. hopefully it will improve with a couple of years on it...
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. Read More »
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