2013 PAUL JABOULET AINE “PIERRE AIGUILLE” GIGONDAS
Paul Jaboulet Aîné is considered by many to be one of the greatest producers in the Rhone Valley in France. You’ll even find their 1961 Hermitage La Chapelle included on the Wine Spectator’s list of the top 12 wines of last Century, alongside Chateau Latour, Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Chateau d’Yquem and other absolutely iconic wines. Jaboulet’s 2013 Gigondas Pierre Aiguille made a lasting impression on me at our recent tasting. I was struck by the overall balance of the wine, and intermixed were classic notes of white pepper, vivid red berries, subtle smoke and wild game. Gigondas is located in the Southern Rhone Valley of France where Grenache is reigns superior. If you’re looking for an easy drinking, classic Rhone red wine to enjoy, this is it… Especially at under thirty bucks…
The Pierre Aiguille is a textbook combination of 80% Grenache blended with equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre and comes from nearly 1/2 century old vines grown in the shadows of Les Dentelles de Montmirail. In the glass, the wine opens up to wild berries, liquid floral, cured meats and subtle woodsmoke. The wine is firm and persistent with plenty of well integrated, finely grained tannins that support the plush, round mouthfeel. At $27.99, you may want to get enough to share.
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From Vinous, “Limpid ruby. Perfumed aromas of ripe red berries, peppery spices and potpourri, complicated by a woodsmoke nuance. Silky, expansive and gently sweet, offering concentrated raspberry liqueur and lavender pastille flavors and an allspice quality that builds on the back half. Finishes sweet, sappy and persistent, with firming fine-grained tannins adding grip.” 90 Points
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