Gigondas 2010 - Xavier Vins


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Moving up in the range, this Gigondas is an elegant full-bodied red. Nicely balanced, it shows a beautiful finish on the palate with an unusual fresh touch, far from the sometimes rustic style of this appellation. Already delicious today, it will also age very well.
 
Wine CharacteristicsTasting and cellaring
ProducerXavier VinsEyeDeep purple
Vintage2010Nose Black fruits, garrigue, pepper and a hint of truffle
AppellationGigondasMouthDeep and aromatic full-bodied red with black fruits, olive and
AreaRhône Valley garrige notes. Elegant and rich with silky tannins.
ColourRedDrink fromNow
GrapesGrenache (100%)Drink before2020
TypeDryOpen 1 hour before
  Drinking temperature14°C
    
Food pairing
It will pair nicely with game dishes, grilled red meat or tasty meat stews, can also be tried with a dark chocolate fondant.
 
A word about the producer
Initially a “flying winemaker” (Bordeaux, Champagne, Australia, New Zealand, California...), Xavier Vignon has become an oenologist and a consultant in the Southern Rhône Valley. He is now adviser to some of the most prestigious domains in the region, such as Le Nerthe and Grand Veneur. This activity allows him to source the best grapes to elaborate his wines. Since the late 90s, Xavier has spent most of his time in the Rhône Valley, developing modern techniques while keeping traditional methods with an amazing success.
 
What experts say
About the producer
Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate):
"I was blown away by these current and new releases. Across the board they showed beautifully made profiles, with not only loads of fruit and texture, but superb balance and classic Southern Rhone characters. In fact, each of the wines showed what I think of as textbook characteristics of the terroirs from which they come. In addition, the prices remain remarkably low, and these wines are a treasure trove for the savvy buyer."

About the wine
Robert Parker: 92
“More floral with abundant black fruit, raspberry and crushed rock characteristics, the 2010 Gigondas was made from 100% Grenache and came in at 15+% alcohol. Aged in a combination of small barrels and 600-liter demi-muids, it reveals good elegance, purity and texture as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel. Bigger and richer than the 2011, it should age well for a decade.”
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
SoilClay and limestone, rocky alluvial terraces
Yield35hl/ha
HarvestManual harvest, sorting and desteming
MaturingOak barrels and stainless steel vats
Alcohol14.5%

 

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Gigondas 2010 - Xavier Vins

Gigondas 2010 - Xavier Vins

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