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Domaine Raspail-Ay, Gigondas, 2012


A wonderful expression of this appellation close to Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the southern Rhône. A big, hugely impressive red wine which deserves fine cuisine such as red meats and game dishes.

Cardinal's Rating 92
Colour Red Wine
Grape Variety Grenache, Syrah
Country France
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The 2012 vintage of Domaine Raspail-Ay, Gigondas, is a great success. The majority of southern Rhône reds have a fairly easy-going, juicy style which do not need long-cellaring to make for enjoyable drinking. This Gigondas from Domaine Raspail-Ay can be enjoyed now after being decanted for a couple of hours but this is very much a vin de garde which will repay careful cellaring. It will be drinking very well until approximately the year 2026 or possibly beyond. It is composed of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah with average age of the vines being more than forty years which means that yields are somewhat restricted adding to the final wine's concentration.

Big flavours abound here: layers of red berry fruits,dusty tannins and a certain visceral gaminess with a very long, broad finish. The nose suggests savoury red meats with notes of spice, mint or pine resin and an essence of the wild. Naturally it provides the perfect partner for rich meat dishes and game.

In awarding this wine 90 points The Wine Advocate's Jeb Dunnuck wrote:
" The 2012 Gigondas is outstanding. Offering up an elegant, perfumed style, with pretty strawberry, raspberry, spice-box and menthol, this beauty flows onto the palate with medium-bodied richness and depth, integrated acidity and a clean, classy finish."
Producer / Vineyard Domaine Raspail Ay
Colour Red Wine
Vintage 2012
Country France
Area Rhône Valley
Region Southern Rhône
Sub Region Southern Rhône
Appellation Gigondas
Grape Variety Grenache, Syrah
Body Full
Bottle Size Bottle (0.75)
Label Perfect
Wine Closure Natural Cork
Contents Full
ABV 14% abv
When to drink? Now - 2030
Cardinal's Rating 92
Recommended by Mark Savage (MW)
Tissue Wrap Available? Yes
Tasting Note Available? Yes
Giftbox Available? Yes
Greeting Card Available? Yes

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