2017 Clos des Cazaux Gigondas Cuvee Prestige

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91-93
Vinous Media: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 92-94+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :

"A blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre, matured in oak, the 2017 Gigondas Prestige boasts bold black cherry aromas, a full-bodied, plush feel on the palate and a long, vibrant finish that alternately hints at citrus zest and dark chocolate." (WA)

"Bright purple. Smoke-accented cherry and dark berries on the highly perfumed nose; sexy incense and exotic spice qualities emerge with aeration. Smooth and appealingly sweet, offering floral-tinged boysenberry and cherry liqueur flavors and a spicy jolt of cracked pepper. Finishes supple, broad and extremely long, with sneaky tannins and a lingering violet pastille note." (VM)

"Not yet bottled, the 2017 Gigondas Prestige is a smaller production cuvée and comes from the oldest vines of the estate (the blend is 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Mourvèdre) and is vinified and aged in French oak. Its deep purple color is followed by a concentrated, medium to full-bodied Gigondas that has complex notes of blackcurrants, cedary herbs, pepper, and crushed mint. It has good acidity, present yet ripe tannins, and a great finish, and is certainly a beautiful Gigondas in the making. Unfortunately, there are only 700 cases made." (JD)