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Gigondas!

The French wine appellation of Gigondas has been referred to as the little brother to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Gigondas is known for its power rather than its elegance, as some parts of the appellation are warmer than Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The wines are mostly Grenache-based showing lush, dark fruit that supplies immediate satisfaction.

Josh Reynolds of Vinous Media,

Two thousand sixteen is one of the most consistently outstanding vintages for Gigondas that I have ever tasted. I felt the same way about the 2015s when I sampled them at the same stage, and while I’m not quite prepared to predict that the 2016s will surpass the earlier set of wines over the long haul, I’ll bet that it will be a close race. Perhaps most importantly to the majority of wine drinkers is that the ‘16s will likely be enjoyable throughout their lives while the ‘15s really deserve – if not require – patience.

 

Olivier & Lafont Jocunditae Gigondas 2015
Shelf Price $33.99
Sale Price $28.97 

Very limited supply.

94 pts Vinous
Dark ruby. A highly fragrant bouquet evokes ripe red berries, incense and candied potpourri, with a smoky mineral nuance that builds steadily in the glass. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering concentrated raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors that are accented by a vibrant Asian spice accent. Fine-grained, precise and utterly seamless in texture with superb finishing power, resonating spiciness and smooth tannins that fold effortlessly into the wine's sweet red fruit.

Fun Fact:
The name of the appellation is of Roman origin. Jocunditas means great pleasure and enjoyment in Latin with the town being founded as a recreational site for the soldiers from the Roman Second Legion.

 

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