I’ve enjoyed this is the past and bought the 2017 from TWS. However, I don’t believe the 13% ABV quoted in the literature from TWS at all - the 2017 said that and appears to be 14.5% from bottle photos (not had mine delivered). I would be concerned it might be too alcoholic in 2018.Has anyone tried Chave's Circa SoJo blanc? Usually a lovely wine and great value.
I've enjoyed Levet (as you know) and have heard good things about Gerard (but haven't opened any of my 15s yet) - how would you compare them? Any thoughts on the others?
Russ, I visited Moulin de la Gardette last October and was massively impressed with Jean-Baptiste’s work. He makes a very unworked, elegant style of Gigondas but still with a true southern richness. Beautiful vineyards and great value too.Jim
That's a great wish list. I agree where I have experienced the wines. My only change might be Pallieres Racine Gigondas, do you have a preference for the other two? I've brought these three on rotation in the last few years, but haven't opened any yet, so interested in your point of view.
Russ, I visited Moulin de la Gardette last October and was massively impressed with Jean-Baptiste’s work. He makes a very unworked, elegant style of Gigondas but still with a true southern richness. Beautiful vineyards and great value too.
Not visited Bouissières but in comparative tastings and at the table, their wine, especially the Tradition, is in a similar style to Gardette.
I’ve never quite got on as well with the Pallières wines but haven’t tried any recent offerings. I don’t drink a lot of Gigondas so those two, with Cayron, are the ones that seem to agree with my palate best.
I'd guess 5 years Nick - the 2017 tried last year was just too young. On the other hand a Jean-Luc Jamet Cotes-du-Rhone L'Enclave 2017 is drinkable on its ripe fruit and because of the incredibly melting tannins.5 years? 10? I suppose it will depend partly on the vintage; my sense is that the 18s are a bit more welcoming than recent years.
You will not be disappointed Lionel! But you will need to be patient with the better reds. At least N Rhone whites drink from the get go.A decent allocation of stuff from Billon, Chambeyron, Bourg, Balthazar, Levet and Gerard - I still haven't tasted most of them though so going on faith which is an expensive venture.