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Domaine Raspail-Ay, Gigondas, 2013

Domaine Raspail-Ay, Gigondas, 2013


Another fine vintage Gigondas from this exemplary estate in the Southern Rhône.

Cardinal's Rating 88
Colour Red Wine
Grape Variety GSM Blend
Country France
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Domaine Raspail-Ay, AOC Gigondas, has produced this intriguing, extraordinary blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre in 2013. Presenting ripe, generous, rich yet fresh flavours on the palate with ripe, dark fruits including cherry, cassis and fresh raspberries followed by hints of liquorice and black pepper. The tannins are mellowed somewhat by at least 20 months maturation before bottling helping to give this wine a dark fruit character. The wines of Raspail-Ay repay cellaring over a number of years to reach a perfect state of maturity and in the case of this 2013 Gigondas it will continue to develop until 2028 - 2030 although it is perfectly fine to drink now especially if decanted for an hour or two beforehand.

Many estates suffered problems with the Grenache grape in this vintage with much of the crop lost necessitating a higher proportion of Syrah and Mourvèdre in the Southern Rhône; somewhat paradoxically the proportion of Grenache in this Gigondas is higher than was the case with the 2012 vintage. The 2013 is fresher at this stage than the previous year's wine but the tannins are nonetheless firm and long.
Producer / Vineyard Domaine Raspail Ay
Colour Red Wine
Vintage 2013
Country France
Area Rhône Valley
Region Southern Rhône
Appellation Gigondas
Grape Variety GSM Blend
Body Full
Bottle Size Bottle (0.75)
Label Perfect
Wine Closure Natural Cork
Contents Full
ABV 14.5%
When to drink? 2016 - 2030
Cardinal's Rating 88
Recommended by Mark Savage (MW)
Price Comparison Hedonism: £25.80 (at 03/05/16)
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