I was making room in the cellar for my latest acquisitions and came across 6 bottles of 2009 Domaine La Florane terre Porpre. My wife and I are very glad we found it. It is drinking perfectly! Still very dark red, lots of cherry and other dark fruit on the palate, a hint of pepper, soft and fat and a nice long finish. We honestly don't recall the last bottle, but can't believe that based on the wow factor of this bottle.
I never met a Giogondas I didn't like. This was not exception and then some!
We want more!
Velvety and crisp at the same time. Engulfs the tongue. Ordered a second case with delayed shipment. Will be using as our Christmas Eve dinner wine.
FRUIT FORWARD WINE THAT HAS PLENTY OF DARK FRUIT NOTES. LACKS SOME OF THE INTENSE EARTHY NOSE, COMPLEXITY AND LONG FINISH OF OTHER SOUTHERN RHONE WINES. SHOULD BE AN EASY MATCH WITH MEAT DISHES OR PIZZA AND EASILY APPEAL TO MOST RED WINE DRINKERS.
Delicious, beautifully balanced wine--wish we had bought more.
Tried 12/12 and found the additional bottle age added allowed complexity to evolve and achieve better fruit/acidity balance. Little short on fruit and still tannic, which is is not overwhelming. Very well made, but expected more fruit and mouth feel for the vintage. Would buy again.
One of the more interesting and unusual Rhones I have tried lately. Every bit as appealing as a classified growth Bordeaux, but for different reasons. I liked the extraction levels, and the authoritative finish. Plenty of dark-fruit notes, but with the stuffing underneath to cellar for decades. A fine pick.
Overall enjoyable but lacks the lucious quality of many similarly priced Gigondas wines.
So far this Gigondas has not lived up to what I expected, compared with other Gigondas offerings. I'm waiting to see if this gets better with age.
After a year of cellaring my rating has gone from hate it to average. We are enjoying this wine more with each month.
I find that I am not a fan of these Xavier wines: big, dumb, brooding, impenetrable; they are without subtlety in my limited view (2 vintages of the C-du-P, one special cuvee, this Gigondas). Probably I am wrong; clearly I am out of the mainstream, but just not my style. Nor, should I add, likely to be the style of anyone who likes old-fashioned C-du-P, e.g., Pegau, Vieux Donjon, VT, etc., etc.
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