“2016 is one of the greatest vintages the region has experienced, with producers making comparisons to 1978, 1990, 2001 and 2010. Given the increased number of private cellars (caves particulaires), the higher standards among the various caves cooperatives and the winemaking that’s generally cleaner than ever before, I don’t think it’s hyperbole to suggest it may be the best ever.” Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, December 2018.
80% grenache (planted 1948), 20% mourvèdre (planted 1977) fermented on skins for 7 weeks before ageing in large old 50 hl foudres for 12 months before bottling un-fined and unfiltered.
“A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre grown on north-facing gray clays, the 2016 Gigondas les Souteyrades has closed down since bottling and now looks was if it will need short-term cellaring to bounce back. It's full-bodied, rich and tannic, with peppery notes accenting the intense raspberry and stone fruit flavors that come to the fore on the finish, always a good sign for the future. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.” 95 points, The Wine Advocate, August 2018
“Limpid violet color. A suave, expansive bouquet evokes ripe cherry, raspberry, floral and exotic spice qualities and picks up subtle garrigue and earth nuances as the wine opens up. Alluringly sweet and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining red fruit liqueur, star anise and candied violet flavors that put on weight through the mid-palate. Discreet, polished tannins lend shape to an impressively long, smooth finish that emphatically echoes the floral and spice notes.” 94 points, Vinous Media, February 2020
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