Domaine des Pasquiers Gigondas AC 2018

Domaine des Pasquiers Gigondas AC 2018
£23.00 / bottle£262.20 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: France
Grape variety: Grenache/ Garnacha
Grape variety: Shiraz/ Syrah
Wine style: Rich Spicy Reds
Wine Type: Red Wines
Wine region: Rhône
Drink: Now to 2028
Unoaked
Cork
ABV: 14%
Organic

Tasting Notes

I am a fan of unoaked Gigondas as it can represent good value compared to neighbouring Châteauneuf du Pape. Gigondas is another 'cru' from the southern Rhône, the region's top level of wine, and this wine is a typical blend of Grenache and Syrah or Shiraz, though unusually this 50:50 mix has more Syrah than many other producers use. Grenache brings rich fruit and structure, Syrah elegance and perfume.

Domaine des Pasquiers has been in the Lambert family for three generations and is now run by brothers Jean-Claude and Philippe. Their Gigondas vineyard is a small 1.10 hectares in size. Read about the Rhône crus and other appellations in my Rhône red wines blogpost.

This is a lovely perfumed wine; on the nose red and black fruits, hints of chocolate, truffles and warm spices. The palate does not disappoint with complex and concentrated flavours of ripe sweet fruits - raspberry, strawberry, blueberry - and spices plus that Rhône-typical herby characterthat evokes the local scrubland or 'garrigue'. Tannins are muted and soft for such a complex medium-bodied wine which brings a certain elegance.  There is a long, complex finish; this is a fabulous Rhône wine.

I have 3 bottles left of the lovely 2016 vintage; if you would prefer that or want a mix of the 2 vintages, just let me know by email or in the delivery instructions when you order.

Food Pairing

Drink with chicken, turkey, red meats (grilled, roasted or barbecued) especially lamb,  game etc.  Avoid serving it with very spicy foods as that could clash with its own spicy characteristics. The producer recommends lamb with thyme to match the  herbaceous notes in this wine from the fragrant scrubland or garrigue.

Producer's Notes

"Powerful & complex wine with notes of jammy black cherries, white pepper and the 'garrigue'. Nose with spicy aromas. Beautiful structure, amplitude of fruit, tannins are present, the finish is long and spicy"

Awards

17 Points     JancisRobinson.com     Oct 2019
"Tasted blind. Opulent red fruit on the nose: redcurrant, raspberry, cherry. Beautifully expressive and multi-layered, with superb balance between the fine tannins and pert acidity. Lengthy finish. Delivers the power of the southern Rhône in a refreshing package."

This wine has been described as a Gigondas that's capable of embarrassing many Chateauneuf du Papes. It's beautifully perfumed; the concentrated and complex flavours do not disappoint either

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