Vintages & awards, the press review

Journalists and wine tasters are unanimous: our wines are well balanced, long on the palate and appreciated for their freshness, their complexity and their notes of spices and fruits - especially black or candied fruits.

Wine Enthusiast
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2017
By Anna Lee C. Iijima 07/2020
Sourced from high-elevation vineyards of limestone and marl, this blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah offers piercing blackberry and cherry flavors highlighted by tangs of smoky, stony minerality. Aged partially in new oak, it’s fresh in fruit but finishes on lingering notes of smoked nut, clove and cinnamon. At peak now through 2027, the wine should hold further still. 
91/100
Wine Enthusiast
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2017
By Anna Lee C. Iijima 07/2020
An 80?20 blend of Grenache and Syrah sourced from high-elevation clay and marl, this rich, supple red offers black-cherry and plum flavors accented by black pepper and charred clove. Aged 12 months in oak, it’s an open-knit, silky sip enveloped by fine, chalky tannins. Immediately enjoyable, the wine should hold through 2027. 
91/100
Wine Enthusiast
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2017
By Anna Lee C. Iijima 07/2020
Savory notes of char and crushed earth lend complexity to this ripe, concentrated blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. It’s a deeply extracted wine with substantial girth and heft but fresh mineral tones and fine, penetrating tannins lend elegance. The wine drinks well now but should improve through 2027
92/100
Jancis Robinson
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2018
By Richard Hemming
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah. Aged in old oak. Tank sample. Tasted blind. Well-defined red fruit with soft tannins and a slight iodine note on the finish. Reasonably light body gives this good drinkability. 
16/20
Drink Rhone
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2018
By John Livingstone 02/2020
Full red colour; the bouquet has a Grenache-led spiced, red fruit jam, cooked strawberry aroma, comes with a trifle dusty aspect. The palate bears some of the baking of the hot vintage, is compressed, the juice clamped, the tannins firm to dry. It?s a sunshine, Southern, grounded wine, which requires keeping to bring more freedom and expression, and to soften it as well: it can do that, will have its moment in the sun later on. Decant it. 
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Drink Rhone
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2018
By John Livingstone 02/2020
Shiny dark red; the nose is broad, sustained, gives a concerted aroma of raspberry fruit with side notes of dried herbes de Provence ? the fruit stands up well. The palate involves oaking on the attack, runs with well collected red fruits, mulberry for example, and tannins that have inner strength, real resolve. It has racy notes in a firm filling. Its bright approach appeals, and the aftertaste is well juiced. Good length, good shape here. 
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Drink Rhone
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2018
By John Livingstone 02/2020
Shiny dark robe; the bouquet has a live air of blackberry, blackberry jelly fruit, with a little menthol, tea leaves in the mix, influences that lift it. The palate resounds well via its stylish, elegant black fruits, with purity in the fruit, and fine tuning in the tannins. The juice is well concentrated, and fluid at the same time, as it finishes. The length is good. This has good shape, will evolve nicely. 
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Vinous Media
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2017
By Josh Raynolds 02/2020
Deep ruby. Powerful red and dark berry aromas ate complemented by suggestions of licorice and cracked pepper. With air, picks up a floral quality, chich carries onto a palate that offers lush black raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors. Delivers richness as well as energy and finished long and smooth, with supple tannins franmin lingering dark berry and floral notes. Raised in  a combination of foudres and barriques.
91/100
Vinous Media
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2018
By Josh Raynolds 02/2020
Shimmering violet color. Vibrant raspberry and floral scents are complicated by suggestions of garrigue, incense, exotic spices and smoky minerals. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering deeply concentrated yet energetic red berry, cherry liqueur and spicecake flavors and a suave floral pastille nuance. Fine-grained, even tannins lend gentle grip to an extremely long, smooth finish that leaves sappy red fruit and allspice notes behind. This superb wine is shaping up to be the best one that I have ever tasted from this venerable estate.
94-96/100
Vinous Media
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2018
By Josh Raynolds 02/2020
Deep, brilliant red. A deeply perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red/blue fruits, incense and vanilla. A sexy floral nuance builds as the wine opens up. Offers sweet, concentrated raspberry, boysenberry, candied lavender and spicecake flavors that steadily become more lively as the wine stretches out. Displays sharp delineation and emphatic spicy thrust on a impressively long, floral-dominated finish that?s framed by supple, slow-building tannins.
93-95/100
Vinous Media
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2017
By Josh Raynolds 02/2020
Vivid ruby-red. Ripe red/blue fruits, pungent flowers, incense and exotic spices on the hugely perfumed nose. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering deeply concentrated raspberry liqueur, boysenberry, candied lavender and fruitcake flavors that pick up a smoky mineral nuance with air. Supple, even tannins add shape and subtle grip to the impressively long, sappy finish, which repeats the red fruit and floral notes.
93-94/100
Vinous Media
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2017
By Josh Raynolds 02/2020
Full, shimmering ruby. Lively aromas of spices-tinged dark berries and candied violet pick up suggestions of garrigue and licorice as the wine opens up. Supple and energetic in style, offering floral pastille flavors and a hint of smoky minerality. Finishes sweet, gently tannic and very long, leaving exotic spice and violet notes behind 
92/93/100
Vinous Media
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2017
By Josh Raynolds 02/2020
Glistening magenta. Powerful, spice-accented cherry and black raspberry aromas show sharp definition and pick up a sexy floral quality with aeration. Broad and chewy in the mouth, offering sweet red/dark berry, bitter chocolate and spicecake flavors that become more lively with air. Shows a sexy floral note on the persistent finish, which is framed by fine-grained, steadily building tannins. 
91-92/100
Vinous Media
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2018
By Josh Raynolds 02/2020
Glistening ruby-red. Pungent aromas of ripe cherry and dark berries punctuated by suggestions of smoked meat and vanilla. In a wild but controlled style, offering sweet cassis, cherry liqueur, allspice and mocha flavors that firm up quickly on the back end. Opens up on the long, youthfully tannic finish, which leaves sappy red/dark berry and spice notes behind. 
92-94/100
Wine Spectator
Cairanne Les Hautes Rives red 2017
By James Molesworth
Fresh and pure, with a racy beam of blackberry and black cherry fruit, lined with a graphite note and backed by hints of black tea and violet. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now through 2022.
90/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2015
By Jeb Dunnuck

The flagship cuvee is the 2015 Gigondas Le Pas de L?Aigle and it comes from the highest part of the appellation (400 meters) and is 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah. It spends upwards of two years in oak casks. The 2015 is up with the best vintages I?ve tasted of the cuvee and offers terrific notes of blackberries, black raspberries, toasted spice and licorice. It has full-bodied depth on the palate, a solid midpalate and terrific tannin quality, I just hope the long elevage here doesn?t dry out the fruit.

91-94/100
Drink Rhone
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2015
By John Livingstone

(barrel/cask) dark, full red robe, black tints. The nose gives a piled aroma of simmered black berry fruits, has a damp connection, shows some licorice. It?s well filled, but also has a cool inkiness. The palate is robust, full, tight as a drum, carries an intense black fruit flavour with dark tannins right in step. It has the frame of a fresh region wine. It is full of healthy charge on the finish, really reaches out a long way, with oak present there. From 2021. 2036-39

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Wine Advocate
Saint-Joseph Les Capelets 2016
By Joe Czerwinski – 11/2018

Gigondas-based Pierre Amadieu has turned out a respectable 2016 Saint Joseph Les Capelets. Notes of campfire and kiln-dried lumber mark the nose, but there’s solid blueberry and raspberry fruit underneath in this medium to full-bodied wine. Hints of bitter chocolate and espresso creep in on the finish.

89/100
Decanter
Cairanne Les Hautes Rives white 2018
By Matt Walls

Fermented in barrel, then aged on lees with lees stirring for 2 months. A fruitier, more citrussy style than most, met with a gentle but enticing vein of spice. Full-bodied, but not gloopy but fairly thick in texture. Well balanced, with a lovely fresh, fruity, satsuma acidity running through it. Good length of fruit on the finish. Well balanced, uncomplicated, well made, true to Cairanne.

89/100
Wine Advocate
Cairanne Les Hautes Rives red 2018
By Joe Czerwinski – 11/2019

The 2018 Cairanne les Hautes Rives looks very promising, with its scents of cola, black cherries and spice. It’s dark, earthy and supple, medium to fullbodied, rich and velvety.

89-91/100
Jancis Robinson
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2018
By Richard Hemming 11/19

80% Grenache, 20% Syrah. Aged for 12 months in old oak. Cask sample. Tasted blind. Dry, tart palate with simple fruit and light spicing.

15/20
Jancis Robinson
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2018
By Richard Hemming 11/19

90% Grenache, 10% Syrah. Aged for 24 months in old oak. Cask sample. Tasted blind. Strawberry and cherry fruit, piquant spices which give good contrast to the ripe fruit, and moderate length that finishes with hot alcohol.

15,5/20
Jancis Robinson
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2018
By Richard Hemming 11/19

65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah. Aged for 18 months in oak. Cask sample. Tasted blind. Potent oak influence gives a strong spicy complexity to the nose, and leads the palate too. There is correct red fruit too, but it plays second fiddle to the oak. Aggressive tannic grip. Might settle with time ? Drink 2022?2028

15,5/20
Wine Spectator
Vinsobres Les Piallats 2017
By James Molesworth 11/19

Ripe and focused, with a plush wave of crushed plum and warm cassis notes, liberally infused with violet and incense accents. The finish shows a dark winey edge and a tug of iron. Best from 2020 through 2025.

92/100
Wine Spectator
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2016
By James Molesworth – 11/2019

Ripe and vivid, with beautiful flow to the mix of dark plum, fig and blackberry preserve flavors, carried by a swath of licorice root and tobacco. Swirls of black tea and mesquite show on the finish, which reveals well-buried chalky minerality. Should cellar nicely. Best from 2022 through 2035.

94/100
Wine Spectator
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2017
By James Molesworth – 11/2019

Mulled raspberry, damson plum and black cherry fruit flavors are stitched with garrigue, savory and anise notes. A tarry backdrop on the finish pulls everything together. On the old-school side and solidly done. Best from 2022 through 2032

93/100
Wine Spectator
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2017
By James Molesworth – 11/2019

Ripe and juicy in feel, with a wound-up core of raspberry, black currant and cherry pâte de fruit flavors waiting to stretch out, while an undercurrent of alder, tobacco and licorice root notes moves through. Will be a winner when fully knit. Best from 2023 through 2035.

94/100
JebDunnuck.com
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2017
By Jeb Dunnuck – 09/2019
I loved the 2017 Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane from Amadieu. Based on 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, and 15% Syrah, it boasts a ruby color as well as perfumed notes kirsch liqueur, currants, cedary spice, chocolate, and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, sweetly fruited, and all-around polished and sexy, drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years.
93/100
JebDunnuck.com
Cairanne Les Hautes Rives red 2018
By Jeb Dunnuck – 09/2019
Based on 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, and the rest Syrah, the 2018 Cairanne Les Hautes Rives is still again all in tank and sees no oak whatsoever. This ripe, sexy, textured 2018 offers medium to full-bodied notes of strawberries, black raspberries, ground pepper, and dried flowers. It?s Provençal, supple, and again, beautifully textured.
90-92/100
JebDunnuck.com
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2018
By Jeb Dunnuck – 09/2019
Always a charmer, the 2018 Vacqueyras La Grangelière is no exception and has plenty of red and black fruits, savory herbs, and peppery notes as well as a medium-bodied, supple, textured style on the palate that?s going to drink great right from the gate.
89-91/100
JebDunnuck.com
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2017
By Jeb Dunnuck – 09/2019
The flagship cuvée is the 2017 Gigondas Le Pas De L’Aigle, which comes from a northwest-facing parcel located at the foot of the Dentelles at an elevation of 400 meters above sea level. It has a complex, lively perfume of spring flowers, rose petals, mulberries, and kirsch to go with a medium to full-bodied, silky style on the palate. It doesn?t have the density of the 2016, yet it certainly isn?t far off. It?s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for a decade.
91-94/100
JebDunnuck.com
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2018
By Jeb Dunnuck – 09/2019
Not yet bottled, the 2018 Gigondas Le Pas De L’Aigle (90/10 Grenache and Syrah) offers a medium-bodied, elegant, seamless style as well as perfumed notes of black raspberries, graphite, spice cabinet, and dried flower-like nuances. It has good density on the mid-palate, outstanding balance, and a great finish, all pointing to a terrific Gigondas that will drink well of over a decade.
91-93/100
JebDunnuck.com
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2018
By Jeb Dunnuck – 09/2019
In the same ballpark, the 2018 Gigondas Romane Machotte is another ripe, forward, fleshy Gigondas that?s going to have plenty of upfront appeal. Complex notes of ripe strawberries, black raspberries, cedarwood, and dried garrigue all emerge from this medium-bodied Gigondas that?s ideal for enjoying over the coming 5-7 years.
89-91/100
JebDunnuck.com
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2018
By Jeb Dunnuck – 09/2019
The 2018 Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane is charmer and shows the vintage style with its upfront dark fruits, cedary spice, and earthy aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied and nicely textured on the palate, it offers plenty of fruit and is going to drink nicely right out of the gate.
89-91/100
JebDunnuck.com
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2016
By Jeb Dunnuck – 09/2019
A beautiful wine, the flagship 2016 Gigondas Le Pas De L’Aigle is a normal blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah that spent a full two years in oak casks before bottling. Ruby/purple-colored with intense notes of black raspberries, cassis, garrigue, and flowery incense, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a layered, multi-dimensional texture, and building tannins that give plenty of cut and definition on the finish. Taking plenty of time to open up, it?s going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and shine for 10-15 years. It?s a class act.
93/100
JebDunnuck.com
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2017
By Jeb Dunnuck – 09/2019
Not yet bottled, the 2017 Gigondas Romane Machotte looks to be an outstanding wine as well. A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah brought up in oak casks, it offers classic ripe red fruits, ground pepper, rose garden, and menthol aromas and flavors. This medium-bodied, pretty, elegant wine will keep for 7-8 years.
90-92/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2018
By Joe Czerwinski – 09/2019
Mainly (90%) 65-year-old Grenache grown at 400 meters above sea level on blue clay, Amadieu’s 2018 Gigondas le Pas de l’Aigle looks to be another top success. Still in barrel (where it stays for two years), it’s full-bodied, supple and rich, with bold raspberry and cherry fruit, a velvety mouthfeel and a long, rich finish marked by ripe tannins.
93-95/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2018
By Joe Czerwinski – 09/2019
Penetrating aromas of Bing cherries and mossy stones lead the way in the 2018 Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane, a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah. It’s full-bodied, supple and round, fleshed out but ripe stone fruit, then it finishes firm and tannic.
91-94/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2018
By Joe Czerwinski – 09/2019
An 80-20 blend of Grenache and Syrah, the medium to full-bodied 2018 Gigondas Romane Machotte is supple and nearly ready to drink, despite still being in oak. Cherries and peaches round out this plush-textured wine that lingers on the finish.
87-89/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2016
By Joe Czerwinski – 09/2019
Amadieu’s top cuvée, the 2016 Gigondas le Pas de l’Aigle is 90% old-vine Grenache and 10% Syrah planted at 400 meters above sea level (near the top of the appellation). Hints of clove, leather and cedar accent a mix of red and black fruit, including hints of cola. Medium to full-bodied, this concentrated, complex wine should be at its best in another year or two and drink well for the next 4-5 years.
93/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2017
By Joe Czerwinski – 09/2019
The 2017 Gigondas Romane Machotte is full-bodied and tannic, yet it still manages to turn silky on the finish. It starts off floral and peppery, then adds ample black cherry fruit on the palate. An 80-20 blend of Grenache and Syrah, it’s a solid effort.
90/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2017
By Joe Czerwinski – 09/2019
A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah aged in a mix of barrels and foudres, the 2017 Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane looks every bit as good as the barrel sample did last year, layering subtle cedar and vanilla shadings over ripe berries and stone fruit. Full-bodied, creamy and lush, the only question will be if it is just too modern and hedonistic for some readers.
94/100
Drink Rhone
Cairanne Les Hautes Rives red 2015
By John Livingstone Learmonth – 05/2016
(vat) sleek dark robe. The bouquet is well filled with prune fruit, some brightness, a note of chocolate. It reflects sunny climes. The palate sequels closely and well, with a generous content, cool blue fruits and well encased tannins – very snug they are. Full of gourmandise and appeal, a bonny southern wine with precise length. 14°. 40,000 b. Cairanne cru, not Villages wine. From 2018. 2024
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Vinous Media
Gigondas Romane Machotte rosé 2015
By Josh Raynolds – 06/2016
Bright orange-pink. Pungent cherry pit and garrigue aromas develop notes of dried flowers and minerals in the glass. Fleshy bitter cherry and blood orange flavors are braced by smoky minerality, and a peppery nuance emerges on the back half. Shows a touch of warmth and oily herbs on the finish, with a lingering note of bitter orange pith.
88/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Romane Machotte rosé 2015
By Jeb Dunnuck – 06/2016
The smokin’ good 2015 Gigondas Romane Machotte Rose from Pierre Amadieu checks in a direct press and partial saignee blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Cinsault and 15% Syrah that was raised all in stainless steel. Its light salmon/pink color is followed by terrific salty minerality to go with plenty of spice, currants and herbes de Provence-like aromas and flavors. Deliciously fresh and lively on the palate, yet still with texture, it’s a beautiful Rosé to drink over the coming summer.
90-92/100
Drink Rhone
Cairanne Les Hautes Rives white 2015
By John Livingstone Learmonth – 06/2016
fine yellow robe. The nose is alert, laced with some oak, carries a good centre of white peach and apricot. The palate picks up well from the nose, presents a supple richness with white plums in the flavour. There is a light note of infused tea such as camomile on the finish, aniseed – that allows some tidy grip to close it, with a small burst of oak. This has style. 13.5°. 3,800 b. 2019 May 2016
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Wine Advocate
Côtes du Rhône Roulepierre rosé 2015
By Jeb Dunnuck – 06/2016
Another rock-solid effort from this team is the 2015 Cotes du Rhone Roulepierre Rose, which is 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault and 20% Syrah, all from a direct press. It gives up lots of cherry and garrigue nuances in a medium-bodied, rounded, textured and lengthy style. It will shine on the dinner table and keep for 6-12 months.
88/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2015
By Jeb Dunnuck 12/2016
Another beautiful wine from this large estate is the 2015 Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane, which is 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and the rest Syrah. Coming from higher elevation parcels and brought up in a mix of used and new barrels, it offers tons of peppery herbs, lavender, blackcurrants and spice aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, round, textured and balanced, it?s a rock solid Gigondas to drink over the coming 7-9 years.
89-92/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2015
By Jeb Dunnuck 12/2016
The 2015 Gigondas Romane Machotte offers an attractive, medium to full-bodied, nicely textured style as well as textbook notes of ripe cherry and strawberry fruits and Provencal spices. Made from 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, it will spend a year in a combination of larger oak tanks and older small barrels.
87-90/100
Jancis Robinson
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2015
By Jancis Robinson 12/2016
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah. Matured for 10 months in 50% 30-hl and 100-hl oak casks and 50% three- to four-year-old 225-litre barrels. Cask sample. Tasted blind. Bright crimson. Rather dull fruit. Solid but no lift. And pretty tough tannins on the end. Stolid.Drink 2018-2024
15,5/20
Jancis Robinson
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2015
By Jancis Robinson 12/2016
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah. Six months in used oak, mix of barriques and larger casks. Tasted blind. Rather greyish crimson. Rich fruit with some seduction. Some coolness on the finish ? a really rather nice combo. Though again the finish is a little drying. But it has enough fruit to triumph over this. Nicely done! Drink 2019-2025
16,5/20
Wine Advocate
Saint-Joseph Les Capelets 2015
By Jeb Dunnuck 12/2016
The inky purple-colored 2015 Saint Joseph les Capelets from this larger Gigondas negociant was brought up in a mix of two-year-old barrels and larger oak casks. It has a beautiful, fruit forward and medium to full-bodied style to go with classic notes of crushed violets, smoked earth and ample black and blue fruits. It’s a downright classy, elegant, seamless beauty that will shine with a few years of bottle age.
89-92/100
Wine Advocate
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2015
By Jeb Dunnuck 12/2016
The 2015 Vacqueyras la Grangelière is a forward, rounded, yet still elegant effort that has lots of strawberry, spice box and Provencal garrigue aromas and flavors. made from 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, it will be ready to go right out of the gate.
89-91/100
Wine Advocate
Cairanne Les Hautes Rives red 2015
By Jeb Dunnuck 12/2016
Offering lots of blueberry, blackberry, lavender and peppery herbs, the 2015 Cairanne les Hautes Rives (60% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre and the balance Syarh) is mediumbodied, silky and polished on the palate, with considerable charm and purity. Bourght up all in stainless steel, it’s not going to make old bones, but it packs plenty of fruit.
89-91/100
Wine Advocate
Cairanne Les Hautes Rives white 2015
By Jeb Dunnuck 12/2016
The 2015 Cairanne les Hautes Rives Blanc is a fresh, elegant white that, while a touch tight and closed, offers classy notes of buttered citrus, white flowers and hint of pineapple. Give this medium-bodied, impeccably balanced beauty six months or so of bottle age and drink it over the following year or two. The blend is 70% Clairette and 30% Roussane, and it’s a solid value well worth checking out.
90/100
Wine Advocate
Côtes du Rhône Domaine Grand Romane 2015
By Jeb Dunnuck 12/2016
Another outstanding white is the 2015 CDR Domaine Grand Romane Blanc, which is 100% Clairette that comes from higher elevation limestone soils. Notes of white peach, marmalade and citrus blossom, with integrated oak, all emerge from this medium-bodied, impeccably balanced, classy white that’s a steal at the price.
90/100
Wine Advocate
Côtes du Rhône Roulepierre red 2015
By Jeb Dunnuck 12/2016
The 2015 CDR Roulepierre offers juicy, jammy notes of ripe black cherries, licorice and pepper in a medium-bodied, pleasure-bent, balanced style.
88-90/100
Wine Advocate
Côtes du Rhône Grande Réserve 2015
By Jeb Dunnuck 12/2016
Readers looking for a terrific value from the Southern Rhone should check out the 2015 CDR Grande Réserve. Made from a 60/40 split of Grenache and Syrah, it has terrific Provencal character as well as lots of black cherry and blackberry fruits, spice and leather aromatics, medium-bodied richness and a silky texture. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years.
88-90/100
Wine Spectator
Cairanne Les Hautes Rives red 2015
By James Molesworth – 04/2017
Solid, with a juicy core of cherry and plum preserves, guided by graphite threads. Light tea hints run through the finish. Drink now through 2019.
84/100
Wine Spectator
Chateauneuf du Pape La Paillousse 2015
By James Molesworth – 07/2017
A light flash of herb leads off, followed by kirsch, blood orange, rooibos tea and singed cedar notes. Everything moves in unison through the elegant, focused finish. Drink now through 2025.
89/100
Vinous Media
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2015
By Josh Raynolds
(raised in a 50/50 combination of concrete tanks and used oak barrels) Bright violet. Dark berry and floral notes on the fragrant nose, along with suggestions of licorice and garrigue. Smooth and fleshy in th mouth, offering gently sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors plus a hint of candied flowers. Closes on a smoky note, showing very good persistence and dusty, building tannins that add shape and firming grip.
90-91/100
Vinous Media
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2015
By Josh Raynolds
Full ruby. Potent, spice-tinged aromas of raspberry liqueur and potpourri pick up a smoky mineral accent with aeration. Deeply concentrated red fruit and floral pastille flavors take a darker turn as the wine opens up, developing licorice and cola nuances and a hints of cassis. Closes smooth, sweet and very long, showing resonating floral character and gentle tannic grip.
91-93/100
Vinous Media
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2014
By Josh Raynolds
Deep red. Vibrant fruit, garrigue and floral scents are complicates by hints of smoky minerals and cracked pepper. Juicy raspberry and red currant flavors stretch out slowly and put on weight with air while maintaining vivacity. Closes very long and spicy, with building sweetness and dusty tannins that make a late appearance.
91/100
Vinous Media
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2014
By Josh Raynolds
Vivid ruby-red. A highly aromatic bouquet evokes blackberry, licorice, incense and lavender. Deep, sweet and velvety, offering sappy black and blue fruit flavors, a touch of candied flowers and building spiciness. Finishes with good vivacity and strong, spice-driven persistence.
91/100
Vinous Media
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2014
By Josh Raynolds
Deep red. Intensely perfumed raspberry, cherry and spicecake scents are complemented by hints of pungent flowers and chalky mineral. Round, concentrated bitter cherry, red berry liqueur and lavender pastille flavors show impressive energy, and a spine of minerality adds definition and vibrant lift. Finishes minerally and very long, leaving sweet red fruit and floral notes behind.
92/100
JebDunnuck.com
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2016
By Jeb Dunnuck
Notes of ripe cherries, bay leaf, peppercorns and dried earth emerge from the 2016 Gigondas Romane Machotte, and this medium to full-bodied, concentrated 2016 has terrific purity and ripe, yet certainly present, tannin. This cuvee is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, aged in foudre and barrels, and it?s always an impressive, well-made, thoroughly enjoyable Gigondas, and this 2016 appears to be no exception.
90-92/100
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane
By Jeb Dunnuck
L?échantillon de Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2016 dégusté a été prélevé sur fût. Il offre déjà des notes complexes de framboises noires, de laurier et des notes de garrigue suave, une richesse charnue et un style équilibré et texturé en bouche. Assemblage de 65% de Grenache, 15% de Syrah et 20% de Mourvèdre, issu de sols argilo-calcaires, il a passé 18 mois en foudres de chêne pour 40%, le reste en barriques, une petite partie étant neuve.
90-92/100
JebDunnuck.com
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2016
By Jeb Dunnuck
Coming from the tiny village of Vacqueyras, the 2016 Vacqueyras La Grangelière (80/20 Grenache and Syrah) was bottled early to preserve as much fruit as possible and it?s a pretty, medium-bodied, incredibly charming 2016 that offers terrific notes of spice, incense, red and black fruits, and some dried, peppery herb nuances. It?s a terrific value and ideal for drinking over the coming 4-6 years.
90/100
JebDunnuck.com
Cairanne Les Hautes Rives red 2016
By Jeb Dunnuck
As to the reds, these all showed beautifully, and this is an estate the consistently puts out high-quality wines at good prices. Notes of violets, black raspberries, hard candy and fruitcake emerge from the 2016 Cairanne Les Hautes Rives, and moderate tannin on the finish. The blend is 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, and the rest Syrah, from hillside parcels, aged in tank.
87/100
JebDunnuck.com
Cairanne Les Hautes Rives white 2016
By Jeb Dunnuck
Looking first at the single white from Pierre Amadieu, the 2016 Cairanne Blanc Les Hautes Rives offers ample white peach, toasted bread, honeysuckle and a hint of minerality, and it?s medium-bodied, nicely textured and balanced, with a great finish. Made from a barrel fermented blend of 50% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc and 20% Roussane, it?s going to shine on the dinner table, and age gracefully.
90/100
JebDunnuck.com
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2015
By Jeb Dunnuck
Another charmer is the 2015 Gigondas Romane-Machotte, which is an 80/20 split of Grenache and Syrah, from the La Machotte lieu-dit located between 260-400 meters in elevation. Aged 12 months in equal parts larger oak casks and older barrels, it offers ample notes of blueberries, strawberries, leafy herbs and pepper. With medium-bodied richness, a rounded, supple, fruit forward style, and solid length, drink it over the coming 7-8 years.
89/100
JebDunnuck.com
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2015
By Jeb Dunnuck
Moving to the 2015s, the 2015 Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane is flat-out terrific, with lots of black raspberries, cherries, garrique, and saddle leather aromas and flavors. This rounded, opulent and supple beauty makes the most of the vintage and has a beautiful fruit, sweet tannin, and integrated acidity. Bravo.
92/100
Wine Spectator
Saint-Joseph Les Capelets 2015
By James Molesworth
This delivers a gorgeous, mouthfilling beam of crushed plum, boysenberry and fig fruit, backed by broad waves of graphite and tobacco. Dense but defined, with the beautiful fruit profile of the vintage. Best from 2020 through 2030. 2,000 cases made.
92/100
Wine Spectator
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2015
By James Molesworth
Dark plum and raspberry paste flavors are at the core of this solidly built red, backed by singed alder, licorice root and tar hints through the finish. Shows some heft, but there’s good energy to match. Best from 2018 through 2025. 8,000 cases made.
91/100
Wine Spectator
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2015
By James Molesworth
Fleshy and focused, with flavors of crushed plum and cherry preserves inlaid with light alder and tobacco accents. Shows a light tug of earth through the finish. Drink now through 2023. 6,500 cases made.
90/100
Wine Advocate
Vinsobres Les Piallats 2015
By Joe Czerwinski
An ambitious, oaky bottling, the 2015 Vinsobres Les Piallats from Pierre Amadieu is inky in color and loaded with cedar and vanilla aromas. It’s rich, full-bodied and velvety in texture, but the black cherry fruit is largely submerged under a heap of lumber. No doubt it will have broad appeal.
87/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2016
By Joe Czerwinski
Even Amadieu’s entry-level 2016 Gigondas Romane Machotte is looking good. This Grenache and Syrah blend, aged in a combination of foudres and used barriques, is less concentrated than the other bottlings, but it’s still ripe, supple and harmonious, blending hints of dried herbs with ripe cherries and stone fruit.
90-92/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2016
By Joe Czerwinski
A step below the Le Pas de l’Aigle but still looking terrific, the 2016 Gigondas Domaine Grande Romane is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre that will stay in a mix of new (30%) and used barriques for another six months. It’s not showing any big oak influence at this point, displaying hints of garrigue and ripe stone fruit, a full-bodied, supple mouthfeel and some warm, chocolaty notes on the finish.
91-93/100
Wine Advocate
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2016
By Joe Czerwinski
Not that concentrated but creamy-textured and easy to drink, Pierre Amadieu’s 2016 Vacqueyras la Grangeliere is a successful effort, offering hintsof garrigue, ripe mixed berries and some attractive licorice notes on the finish. Drink it over the next 5 years.
89/100
Wine Advocate
Cairanne Les Hautes Rives red 2016
By Joe Czerwinski
The 2016 Cairanne les Hautes Rives represents another terrific value from this underrated appellation. It’s full-bodied, creamy and rich but not heavy, with peppery nuances dusted over a core of black cherries and plums. It finishes long and velvety.
90/100
Wine Spectator
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2015
By James Molesworth
Stylish, with lightly mulled cherry and plum fruit caressed by silky tannins and backed by rooibos tea and incense notes on the finish. Sneakily long. Drink now through 2019.
90/100
Drink Rhone
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2016
By John Livingstone Learmonth
Full red robe. The bouquet has a savoury nature, is filled with red fruits, close to strawberry, with an oak-toffee element. It?s very primary, young. The palate rolls with spiced red fruits that have good clarity, and takes on quite thick, ripe tannins, oak again appearing as a sweet contributor as it closes. The fruit here is tasty, the content nicely wavy, fleshy, and once it is all fused, this will be an attractive Gigondas.
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Gigondas Romane Machotte rosé 2016
By John Livingstone Learmonth
Pale pink, a touch of onion skin. The nose is soft, mixes rose petals with strawberry fruit. The palate holds red fruits with a surprising, near lactic manner in the flavour, almost soap suds. It?s a creamy version of Gigondas rosé. I?d like more snap. Tasted blind. I see subsequently that it has been in oak.
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Drink Rhone
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2016
By John Livingstone Learmonth
Dark red robe. The nose gives a good sweep of raspberry-mulberry fruit, has a sweet herbs, savoury aspect, rosemary present. Thee Grenache rules it well, and there is some spicing as well. The palate is stylish, bears free running, smooth content with perky red fruits that finish precisely. This has better definition than many this year, is an airborne wine with a good foundation of nicely compact matter. There is an aromatic, perfumed twist on the spiced close, with a breeze of menthol to keep it on the up. Good, typical Gigondas here, and it will well thanks to its freshness.
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Drink Rhone
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2016
By John Livingstone Learmonth
Dark red. There is a cherry fruit warmth on the nose, with an air of dusty trails, Morello cherry present. The palate holds measured, rather stylish content, is supple, the tannins likewise. There is a red fruit display at first. It?s going to be an early drinker, an honest glass of Vacqueyras with some cool late features.
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Wine Spectator
Cairanne Les Hautes Rives red 2016
By James Molesworth
Ripe and streamlined, with a beam of cherry and raspberry puree flanked by light anise and vanilla notes. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now through 2019. 3,500 cases made.
89/100
Wine Spectator
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2016
By James Molesworth
Lovely flavors of raspberry puree are inlaid with warm anise, black tea and singed sandalwood notes. Silky and perfumy through the finish. Drink now through 2023
92/100
Vinous Media
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2016
By Josh Raynolds
Brilliant ruby. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, cherry pit and a succulent herbs and takes on a faintly amaro-like or even medicinal quality with air. Densely packed and sharply focused on the palate, offering intense cherry liqueur and black raspberry flavors that spread out and become sweeter on the back half. Lingers with strong authority on a youthfully tannic finish that echoes the medicinal cherry note.
90-92/100
Vinous Media
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2016
By Josh Raynolds
Vivid ruby. Potent dark berry, potpourri and garrique aromas are complemented by peppery spice and mineral nuances and a hint of smokiness. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering nicely concentrated yet lively dark fruit, spice cake and floral pastille flavors and a touch of licorice. Smoothly blends richness and energy and finishes spicy, focused and long, with pliant tannins adding shape and grip.
91-93/100
Vinous Media
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2016
By Josh Raynolds
Lurid ruby-red. Potent, mineral-accented raspberry liqueur and cherry aromas are complemented by suggestions of incense, vanilla and exotic flowers. Velvety in texture and impressively concentrated, offering sweet red berry and cherry preserve flavors that are lifted by a spine of juicy and spicy snap of white pepper. Plush yet energetic in style, finishing on an emphatic floral note, with excellent clarity and harmonious tannins that build slowly.
92-94/100
Vintages
Cairanne Les Hautes Rives red 2015
By Jason Solanki
To celebrate France’s World Cup win, tonight’s red wine is from the fantastic 2015 Rhône vintage that will be arriving in LCBO VINTAGES on July 21. [?] This particular wine comes from the Hautes Rives vineyards that are located on marl soils covered with pebble stones on the hillside slopes above the village of Cairanne, 200 metres above sea level. The vineyards are bordered by cliffs overlooking the Aygues River.A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, and 15% Syrah raised completely in stainless steel tanks. Plummy, black cherry and blackberry aromas from the cork. In the glass, this has enticing aromas of smoke, dark berry, and spice with savoury elements and hints of pepper, garrigue, and forest floor. It’s medium-bodied with fine purity of fruit – lavender, pepper, dark berry/cherry, and spice flavours. Nicely textured with juicy, vibrant acids and smooth, refined tannins. Some mineral and smoky notes arrive on the long blackberry-pepper finish. Lovely wine to enjoy over the next 3-4 years.
89/100
Wine Spectator
Côtes du Rhône Roulepierre red 2016
By James Molesworth
Bright cherry compote and red licorice notes are juicy and direct, with a flash of lavender on the finish. Drink now.
87/100
Wine Spectator
Côtes du Rhône Grande Réserve 2016
By James Molesworth
Ripe and juicy, with a beam of black cherry and plum compote flavors driving atop a graphite spine. Reveals a flash of tobacco on the finish. Drink now through 2019.
90/100
Wine Spectator
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2014
By James Molesworth
A sleek and racy style, featuring hints of savory, tobacco and bay leaf along the edges of a core of lightly mulled plum and black cherry fruit. Shows singed cedar accents on the finish, with the tobacco note lingering longest. Drink now through 2025.
91/100
JebDunnuck.com
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2017
By Jeb Dunnuck
Based on 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, the 2017 Vacqueyras La Grangelière will be a terrific value, and this cuvée almost always delivers the goods. Notes of black raspberries, spring flowers, violets, and garrigue all dominate the bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, and layered on the palate, with the sweet fruit of the vintage front and center, it?s going to be ideal for drinking over the coming 4-6 years.
89-92/100
JebDunnuck.com
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2017
By Jeb Dunnuck
The flagship from Amadieu is the 2017 Gigondas Le Pas De L’Aigle, which is 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah sourced from a higher elevation (400 meters), northwest facing parcel of 65-yearold vines. It?s aged two years in cask and held for a year in bottle before release. Deep purple colored, with a ripe, forward bouquet of blackberries, smoked earth, and cedary spice, this beauty has considerable elegance, medium to full body, fine tannins, and a great finish.
92-94/100
JebDunnuck.com
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2017
By Jeb Dunnuck
The 2017 Gigondas Romane Machotte (80/20 Grenache and Syrah) offers a pretty, red fruited profile with subtle licorice, spice, and floral notes developing with time in the glass. It?s another medium to full-bodied, elegant, seamless wine from this estate, which looks to have hit a home run in 2017.
90-92/100
JebDunnuck.com
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2017
By Jeb Dunnuck
I was shocked at the quality of the 2017 Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane. This blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, and 15% Syrah offers impressive notes of black cherries, licorice, white pepper, and earthy garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and concentrated, this is one gorgeous looking barrel sample.
92-94/100
JebDunnuck.com
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2016
By Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Gigondas Romane Machotte is an 80/20 split of Grenache and Syrah that spent 12 months in casks and barrels. It’s slightly more elegant and lightly textured, with pretty red and black fruits, ground pepper, and some sappy flower aromas and flavors. With medium-bodied richness, fine tannin, and good acidity, drink it over the coming 5-6 years.
90/100
JebDunnuck.com
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2016
By Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane is 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and the rest Syrah, brought up 18 months in 30% new barrels and the balance in foudre. Garrigue, sweet red fruits, crushed flowers, and white pepper notes all give way to a charming, balanced, impeccably made 2016 that will drink well for 6-7 years.
92/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2014
By Joe Czerwinski
A blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah that spent two years in barrel, the 2014 Gigondas le Pas de l’Aigle shows plenty of vanilla and cedar on the nose and some woody tannins on the palate, but those should resolve with short-term cellaring. It’s medium to full-bodied, with decent concentration, attractive cherry fruit and a firm finish that should start to soften within a few years.
91/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2015
By Joe Czerwinski
Amadieu’s 2015 Gigondas le Pas de l’Aigle is a chewy, tannic blend of 90%Grenache and 10% Syrah that should start to soften in another couple of years. Cherries and dusty earth notes mingle easily on the nose and palate, lingering on the finish.
92/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Romane Machotte rosé 2017
By Joe Czerwinski
Plush, soft and round, the 2017 Gigondas Romane Machotte Rose sees a bit of barrel-aging. Crushed stone and peach notes lead the way, followed by a medium to full-bodied wine that would be best used as a light red wine, with just a cellar-temperature chill.
88/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2016
By Joe Czerwinski
The 2016 Gigondas Romane Machotte is a terrific effort, offering up darkfruited notes of cola, dried spices and cracked pepper. The blend is 80-20 Grenache and Syrah, with the aging taking place in oak of varying sizes. It’s fullbodied and creamy in texture through the mid-palate, while picking up intriguing notes of mocha and baking spices on the long finish.
92/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2016
By Joe Czerwinski
A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah from vineyards at about 400 meters above sea level, Amadieu’s 2016 Gigondas Domaine Grande Romane spent 18 months in barrels and foudres. It’s full-bodied, creamy and lush, with plenty of ripe, supple fruit and hints of chocolate, leather and spice, finishing rich, easy and long.
92/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2017
By Joe Czerwinski
The full-bodied, concentrated 2017 Gigondas Romane Machotte is dense and velvety, with plenty of black cherry fruit, mocha accents and hints of garrigue. An 80-20 blend of Grenache and Syrah, it picks up pepper and licorice notes on the finish.
92-94/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2017
By Joe Czerwinski
A flashy sample for sure, the 2017 Gigondas Domaine Grande Romane boasts hints of roses and purple raspberries. Full-bodied, creamy and supple, this blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah firms up on the finish, showing considerable aging potential.
92-94/100
Wine Advocate
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2017
By Joe Czerwinski
The 2017 Gigondas le Pas de l’Aigle, a 90-10 Grenache-Syrah blend from near the top of the appellation, will spend another year or so in oak, but for now, it’s an incredible whirlwind of fruit, swirling together raspberries and blueberries in a fun, supple but full-bodied wine.
92-94/100
Wine Advocate
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2017
By Joe Czerwinski
Just deliciously gulpable, Amadieu’s 2017 Vacqueyras la Grangeliere is an 80-20 blend of Grenache and Syrah. Subtle garrigue notes join red berries in this fullbodied yet supple beauty that’s already great fun to drink. Drink it over the next 4-5 years
90/100
Wine Spectator
Vinsobres Les Piallats 2015
By James Molesworth
Offers a mix of red and black currant fruit, lined with racy singed mesquite, black tea and tobacco notes. Shows a subtle mineral echo on the finish. Drink now through 2020.
90/100
Wine Enthusiast
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2016
By Anna Lee C. Iijima
Opulent and ripe, this full-bodied red is packed with fleshy black cherry and plum flavors. It’s an open-knit, easy wine but freshened by hints of bramble and crushed mineral freshness. Ripe, sinewy tannins accentuate its supple, yielding mouthfeel. It’s ready to drink now but should hold well through 2026.
91/100
Wine Enthusiast
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2016
By Anna Lee C. Iijima
There’s a deeply satisfying interplay of texture in this robust yet elegant wine. Its black plum and berry flavors are concentrated and plump but anchored by brisk acidity and firm, finegrained tannins. It’s rolling and rich yet full of tension and vibe. Drinks well already but couldgain complexity through 2026 and hold a few years further.
94/100
Jancis Robinson
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2017
By Richard Hemming
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah. Cask sample. Tasted blind. Dense black fruit, fine tannins, full body that leaves a chunky, chewy impression on the palate. Requires some time to unfurl so that the compact fruit might become more expressive.
16,5/20
Wine Enthusiast
Vinsobres Les Piallats 2015
By Anna Lee C. Iijima
Dried rose petal, anise and pepper accent luscious black-fruit notes in this ripe, concentrated wine. Sourced from high-altitude fruit grown on a slightly eastern exposure, it offers welcome freshness on the midpalate, lending structure along with firm, dense tannins. A bold, powerful wine with a touch of heat on the finish, it will drink well through 2024.
89/100
Wine Enthusiast
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2014
By Anna Lee C. Iijima
This blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah juxtaposes a core of ripe, roasted black-plum and black-cherry flavors against approaching maturity notes of baked meat, leather and soy sauce. It?s a spicy, lushly textured wine that finishes on soft, ripe tannins and a whisper of heat. Enjoy now.
88/100
JebDunnuck.com
Saint-Joseph Les Capelets 2016
By Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Saint Joseph Les Capelets from Amadieu is a charmer, with pretty red and black fruits, hints of violets, pepper, and lavender, medium body, and a light yet juicy texture. It?s not going to make old bones but offers ample pleasure.
88/100
Jancis Robinson
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2017
By Richard Hemming
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah. Cask sample. Tasted blind. Ripe, fragrant red fruit that captures the full ripeness of Grenache. Smooth texture with significant warmth on the finish.
16/20
Drink Rhone
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2017
By John Livingstone Learmonth
Sound, quite full red robe; there?s a lead air of crushed pistachio nutshells, an inlay of stylish raspberry fruit, a vegetal connection on the nose. The palate holds savoury, content, a willing raspberry coulis or jam flavour which persists well, with clarity on the finish. It collects some of the cool features of Gigondas, and the smooth texture reminds me of a wine from sandy soils. This is promising, elegant, aromatic.
****
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane
By John Livingstone Learmonth
Robe sombre et brillante ; le bouquet aux accents méridionaux, porte des arômes encore réservés de fruits rouges, de grillé, de fumé, et d’herbes douces. C’est puissant, tout comme l’attaque, qui s’enflamme autour d’arômes de noyaux de cerise. C’est un Gigondas vigoureux et stimulant, plus pour déguster que pour boire à grandes gorgées. La finale possède des notes minérales.
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Drink Rhone
Gigondas Romane Machotte rosé 2017
By John Livingstone Learmonth
Red tinted robe, Tavel-esque. Good serenity and clear red fruit on the nose, which carries garrigue herbs, some spicing. The palate is agreeably full, smoothly textured, elegant, offers redcurrant fruits with a good tone, a good, upbeat delivery. This will be great with lamb cutlets.
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Drink Rhone
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2017
By John Livingstone Learmonth
Dark red. Pine, oak lurk on a reserved nose, carries a note of ripe, shiny blackberry, its depth assured. The palate also reflects pine oak along its sides, has a generous middle with appealing black berry content at its heart. The tannins add a little edge to the finish. This can get together well, will be a 2017 of stature. It moves with likeable energy, the fruit sparkling.
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Jancis Robinson
Gigondas Le Pas de L’Aigle 2017
By Richard Hemming
90% Grenache, 10% Syrah. Cask sample. Tasted blind. Excellent red-fruit ripeness with a cranberry and redcurrant character and complementary herby notes. Pure, vivid and expressive ? a real glassful of pleasure. The tannins are still very furry, but that will soften and there is great potential for further complexity. Warm alcohol but it matches the flavour intensity. Drink 2021-2031
17/20
Jancis Robinson
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2017
By Richard Hemming
65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah. Cask sample. Tasted blind. Succulent, ripe red fruit with juicy freshness on the palate. Very breezy for the southern Rhône in 2017, which is great for drinkability. Not complex, but has a savoury and appetising finish.
16.5/20
Vinous Media
Vacqueyras La Grangelière 2016
By Josh Raynolds
Lurid violet color. Powerful cherry and black raspberry aromas are complemented by hints of licorice pastille, cola and potpourri. Broad and fleshy on the palate, offering appealing sweet red and dark fruit and spicecake flavors and an intense floral quality. Tightens up slowly and becomes spicier on the finish, which clings with impressive tenacity and smooth, even tannins.
92/100
Meiningers Weinwelt
Chateauneuf du Pape La Paillousse 2016
By Michael Hornickel
Open fruit with a noble-animalic note, cool herbal spice, pepper, tobacco, looks slender and freshly acidic, rather rough than charming, but thrilling.
91/100
Wine Enthusiast
Cairanne Les Hautes Rives red 2016
By Anna Lee C. Iijima
Intensely ripe blackberry and cherry flavors are slightly muted in this plush, juicy blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. It’s a rounded but pertly balanced wine, with a fine-grained grip of tannins on the finish. Enjoy now -2022.
89/100
Wine Spectator
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2016
By James Molesworth
Fresh and pure, with a pretty beam of raspberry and plum coulis flavors laced with black tea, cinnamon and mineral notes. The silky finish has a lot of charm Drink now through 2021.
91/100
Wine Enthusiast
Gigondas Romane Machotte 2015
By Anna Lee C. Iijima
Elegant shards of granite and crushed mineral lend freshness to plump, juicy mulberry and plum in this wine. A deeply fruity, full-bodied blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, its plushness is framed by soft, easy tannins and a lingering cling of black fruit. It’s an approachable yet satisfying wine neatly balancing fruit and earth, to enjoy now through 2023.
91/100
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