A lovely Gigondas

I’ve neglected the Southern Rhone a bit of late. Here’s a good one, from father and daughter team Bernard and Celine Chauvet of Domaine Grapillon d’Or (www.domainedugrapillondor.com)

Domaine Grapillon D’Or ‘1806’ Gigondas 2008 Rhone, France
14.5% alcohol. Old vine Grenache with a bit of Syrah. Richly aromatic, this has sweet, lush, almost liqueur-like dark cherry fruit on the nose with some peppery notes in the background. The palate has a lovely peppery freshness offsetting the sweet, seductive cherry and berry fruit. It finishes nicely spicy, with great balance between the sweet fruit and savouriness. A serious effort. 92/100 (RRP £14.99, UK agent Stevens Garnier)

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