Domaine de Piaugier Gigondas 2016
|Region||France, Rhone, Gigondas|
|Brand||Domaine de Piaugier|
A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah, all aged in foudre, Piaugier's 2016 Gigondas is a top-flight offering. Boasting explosive aromas of flowering garrigue and black cherries, this is full-bodied, creamy-supple in texture and easy to drink, but concentrated nonetheless. It really shines on the velvety finish, adding complex notes of dried spices and earth. This is one estate that's recently raised its game.
Warming notes of cedar and spice mingle into juicy blackberries and plum in this potent, penetrating wine originating from the sun-drenched plateau of Gigondas. A bold proportion of Mourvèdre accentuates its deep, concentrated character, but sunny acidity and a clean mineral backbone lend balance. Approachable already but should improve through 2026 and hold further.
The 2016 Gigondas checks in as a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, and 15% Syrah brought up in older oak. This classic Gigondas has plenty of leafy herbs (thyme, basil), spring flowers, and cedar, lots of red and black fruits, notable purity, good freshness, and a balanced style. It's going to benefit from short-term bottle age and keep for a decade.
Deep ruby. Suave, oak-spiced red and blue fruit and lavender aromas are sharpened by a smoky mineral note and a touch of white pepper. Palate-staining black raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors show very good depth and clarity. Finishes sappy, sweet and long, featuring supple tannins and repeating vanilla and floral pastille notes.