Gigondas: Powerfully likable
Sommeliers regularly tout Gigondas as a worthy alternative to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Sommeliers regularly tout Gigondas as a worthy alternative to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. That’s “mostly wishful thinking,” since the more exalted wine exhibits a “grandeur” that its close relative rarely matches. But Gigondas has much more going for it than likewise being a blend dominated by Grenache grapes grown in the southern Rhône. Its best makers produce “extremely likable” wines.
2008 Domaine du Cayron Gigondas ($28). A “ravishing” Gigondas. Its “great wash of plummy, berry fruit” is “anchored by an earthy, almost gravelly foundation.”
2009 Notre Dame des Pallières Gigondas ‘Les Mourres’ ($25). A “richly fruity” but particularly well-balanced Gigondas.
2007 Domaine de Font-Sane Gigondas Tradition ($21). A great value, this “big, brawny” wine offers “savory flavors of fruit and earth.”