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Le Pas de l’Aigle

Terroir

At the foot of the rocky peaks of the place called “Le Pas de l’Aigle”, this selection of 60 years old Grenache parcels is the expression of a unique terroir in Gigondas : Gargasian Blue Marls. These poor soils, among the highest of the appellation, give concentration and complexity. The northwest exposure and the altitude (400m) bring an enjoyable delicacy and an astonishing freshness.

Winemaking

This wine has two important allies, namely patience and time: a manual selection of the ripest bunches is followed by intense wine-making methods (fermenting during one month, while the grape skins are regularly soaked by the fermenting juice) for a precise, yet powerful, extraction. The careful ageing (24 months in foudres) allows the finesse of the French oak to be subtlety integrated, whilst respecting and revealing the complex aromas and flavours of these noble Rhône varieties. Then the wine spend at least one year in bottle.

Tasting notes

The colour is deep and dark. The nose is intense and complex with jammy notes of plum and fig. The palate is silky yet full-bodied with delicate red fruit mingling with intense and powerful flavours of candied black fruit with a hint of laurel, developing spicy and peppery notes on a wonderful lingering finish.

Terroirs d’Exception

Varietal composition

90% Grenache 10% Syrah

Cellar potential

This wine can be laid down for 5 to 10 years.

Serving

Drink at room temperature.

Food Pairing

Beef stew seasoned with rosemary Roasted lamb leg Truffle mousse Dark chocolate dessert

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Press & Awards

Vintage 2015
92/100 Parker
* * * * (*) John Livingstone

 

Vintage 2014
91/100 Parker
92/100 Vinous
14.5/20 Bettane+Desseauve
91/100 Wine Spectator
16+/20 Jancis Robinson

Vintage 2013
Une étoile * Guide Hachette
93/100 Decanter
89-91/100 Parker
92/100 Vinous

 

Vintage 2012
92/100 Wine Spectator
17.75/20 Decanter
16.5/20 Bettane+Desseauve
90-92/100 Parker
15.5/20 Jancis Robinson
92-94/100 Tanzer

Vintage 2011
14/20 Le Point
91-93/100 Parker
RVF millésime 2011
15/20 Bettane+Desseauve
91-92/100 Tanzer

 

Vintage 2010
90-92+/100 Parker
15.5/20 Jancis Robinson
15/20 Bettane & Desseauve
92-94/100 Tanzer

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