2015 Domaine Raspail-Ay Gigondas 375 ml

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 95
Decanter: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :


"Very solid, with a core of steeped dark plum, fig and black currant fruit that is still a bit coiled up, while singed cedar, lavender, savory and tobacco notes peek throughout. Shows a light sanguine echo on the finish. Just wait this out a bit longer in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2025. 6,000 cases made, 1,200 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"Even better than straight out of cask, the 2015 Gigondas offers up notions of garrigue, violet, clove and plummy fruit. It's full-bodied, ripe and plush, but it doesn't veer into the chocolate spectrum, instead remaining fresh and focused on the long, vibrant finish.

Christophe Ay and his sister Anne-Sophie represent the seventh generation at this venerable family-run estate. Owners of 19 hectares in Gigondas, they produce only Gigondas, and only a single cuvée each year. Plantings are 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, all on the plain in front of the village, not on any of the high-elevation sites in the Dentelles. The grapes are all destemmed, then fermented in vats using indigenous yeasts before élevage in old foudres for at least two years. Christophe points out that the mildew attack in May-June 2018 left small yields of only 15-16 hectoliters per hectare, but the resulting wines have good acidity and long aging potential. He compares it to 2015 or 2007 (both excellent vintages at this address)." (WA)

"Rich nose showing southern bounty. Full, chewy wine, with floral dabs and great length. True terroir here. Drinking Window 2020 - 2040" (DM)

Winery Notes:
Dominique Ay, the serious-minded proprietor of Domaine Raspail-Ay, makes one of the most iconic wines in all of Gigondas . Its 19 hectares make up one contiguous block of vines, mid-slope on the rugged clay/limestone terraces, the best terroir of the Gigondas appellation. The imposing rock formation of the Dentelles de Montmirail looms above as a backdrop. Every-thing about Domaine Raspail-Ay Gigondas is traditional: a classic blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre; vinification in concrete, and aging in large oak foudres. Besides a small amount of Gigondas Rosé, only one wine is made – Gigondas. There is no Côtes du Rhône, no “Réserve”, “Vieilles Vignes”, or special new oak cuvée bottling. Only one wine, consistently ranked among the top wines produced in the appellation year in and year out.

Vinification & Élevage:
Hand harvesting; sorting of the grapes is done in the vineyards and 100% de-stemmed. Up to 30 days maceration in enamel-coated concrete vats. Natural yeast fermentation. Aging is 18-24 months in 5,000 liter oak foudres.

Tasting Notes:
Domaine Raspail-Ay produces classic Gigondas wines. Full-bodied, fruity, fine and well-balanced. Aromas of red fruits – raspberries and black cherries – with notes of black pepper, lead to more complex scents of licorice and herbs de Provence. Tannins are ripe, the wine fills the mouth with warm, generous flavors yet with an underlying structure that bodes well for future po-tential. A fruit-forward and accessible wine, Domaine Raspail-Ay is an ideal wine for restaurants.

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