Drink Rhône Gigondas Le Pas de l’Aigle 2019

attractive dark red; the bouquet has a sunny filling of ripe black berry fruit, notes of oak, crushed nutshells, chocolate present. It’s a sleek start, reflects cellar over vineyard for now. The palate holds shapely content, good purity in its dark fruit with lissom tannins in tow, spic, then oak again on the aftertaste. There is a steady, rather tight richness at its heart, and it will gradually lessen its oak effect, so leave until 2025 or so. It’s modern, polished Gigondas, not really local as it stands. Decant it.