2015 Domaine du Terme Gigondas

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Vinous Media: 90-92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Bright ruby-red. Ripe red and blue fruits, candied flowers and a hint of exotic spices on the deeply perfumed nose. Sweet, palate-coating raspberry and boysenberry flavors are braced by a core of juicy acidity and given spicy bite by a jolt of white pepper. Delivers a solid punch but comes off energetic and precise, showing strong blue fruit notes on an impressively long finish framed by smooth, harmonious tannins." (VM)

Winery Notes:
The Domaine du Terme, named after the vineyards there: the Clos du Terme, in the stunning Vaucluse valley, is a series of ancient parcels of Grenache and Syrah planted by the Romans. As a matter of fact, the name Gigondas comes from the Latin Jocunditas meaning joy and cheerfulness.

Rolland Gaudin, who happens to be the mayor of Gigondas, owns this exceptional independent Domaine, which suceeds mostly by selling wine to their friends and clients in France. M. Gaudin and his daughter Anne-Marie and the winery staff produce everything by hand, in small quantities. As the Gaudins say, their vineyards are nestled in the "dentelles" of the Montmirail mountain range.

Ripe lovely fruit but not too rich and not flabby-the mistral howls day and night through this part of the Rhone from Chateauneuf du Pape, keeping the grapes energized and cool, while the sun ripens the fruit, making for an energetic perfumed lavender-garrigue wine not lacking in depth, and expressing only the soils from underfoot.