Monday, July 19, 2010

2007 Chateau Gigognan "Bois des Moines" Cotes du Rhone Villages

Over the last year, I've been collecting as much wine from the Southern Rhone area of France of the 2007 vintage as I can get my hands on. It has been considered legendary by many wine critics, especially Robert Parker who gave the 2007 Southern Rhone vintage a "98." This is the first of the bottles of the 2007's that I have opened out of my personal collection, and so far they are showing very well.

2007 Chateau Gigognan "Bois des Moines," Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre, Cotes du Rhone Villages
Color: Dark garnet.
Nose: Red jammy fruit, black pepper with heavy after notes of garrigue and dust. A little tinge of alcohol at the end catches the nose.
Taste: Very ripe flavors of plum and cranberries with a streak of minerality thoughout the mid palate. Leaves you with an after taste of glycerine and "green."
Acidity: Medium
Density: >Medium to full bodied.
Finish: Long >30 seconds.
Alcohol: 14%
Notes: Very good mouth feel and very good weight and flavor for the price point. Smooth wine, not high on complexity, but perfect for this caliber of wine (Villages). Really shows off the
greatness of the vintage in southern France at the lower end of the price spectrum.
Rating: 89 $18.98

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