2017 Domaine Le Clos des Cazaux Gigondas La Tour Sarrasine

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Vinous Media: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$26.95

Grape Variety: 70 % grenache, 15 % syrah, 15 % mourvèdre.

"Glistening ruby. Spice- and earth-tinged red and blue fruits on the nose, along with a floral nuance that builds with air. Nicely concentrated and chewy in texture, offering bitter cherry, black raspberry and cracked pepper flavors that take a sweeter turn on the back half. Dusty tannins come in slowly and add grip to a long, energetic finish that emphatically repeats the spicy note." (VM)

"The Gigondas La Tour Sarrasine always seems to be a winner and the 2017 is no exception. With a big, meaty, peppery nose that has ample cedary spice and sweet red and black fruits, it’s medium to full-bodied, has a wonderful sweetness of fruit, ripe tannins, and terrific balance. It's rock solid and will shine of upwards of a decade. The blend is 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, and 15% Syrah, aged two years in concrete and stainless steel." (JD)

Winery Notes:
This strong, warm wine comes from a selection of grapes on exceptional land. In fact our vineyards in Gigondas are situated on the arid hills of the Dentelles de Montmirail. The Mistral blows regularly on these slopes which limits the amount of treatment needed to the vines. The vines grow in stony fields, which is rare, and produce wine that can be kept easily for 10 yrs. Aromas of pepper, red fruits, are intense and persistent; very interesting to discover young. Its robe is steady, stable, the tannins silky, some say feminine compared to the more rustic Vacqueyras. Strong dishes such as deer and wild boar can subdue this prestigious wine. If perchance this wine is not finished with game, it remains incomparable with Reblochon, St Nectaire, and other strong cheeses.