Saturday, July 02, 2011

2009 Xavier Vignon GIGONDAS (Southern Rhone, France)

I know I drank this way too young, but I have four of them and wanted to see where it was in its development curve.  Very young, but beautifully made:  balanced, fragrant, long in the mouth.

Very deep black ruby with violet highlights.  Needs substantial airing to open up, but then displays stunningly pure nose of black fruit and cassis, along with a pure garrigue scents (that fragrant smell that permeates the landscape of the southern Rhone and Provence consisting of herbal scents being blown over dry, rocky soil) and flowers.  Intensely flavored yet seemingly lithe in the mouth, with bone dry, smoked mineral-infused blackberry extract.  Tight and lean, it has good acidity, lots of micro-tannin, and a long, pure finish.  This will age nicely for another 5 years of so.  A-(+).  Got this from several months ago.

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