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MOSTLY
2001 Vintage GIGONDAS
A Blind-Tasting
October 22, 2003


Notes by
Gerald Weisl,
wine merchant

The Southern Rhne is a wonderful region to explore for value-priced wines, so we assembled a set of Gigondas, mostly from the 2001 vintage.

The wines ranged in price from about $14-$32 a bottle, certainly within the realm of 'reason.'

The 2001 vintage has been getting some good attention lately.  It's another in a string of good vintages.  The growing season was long and relatively problem-free, with growers in the Southern Rhne starting to pick around the third week of September.  The weather even warmed up in October, allowing the remaining, un-picked vineyards to achieve a nice level of ripeness.  The question of "maturity," though, is one not solely based upon sugar levels.  Those who picked based upon sugar may have harvested fruit with "green" elements, while those who paid close attention found the real maturity in the fruit arriving a bit after the desired sugar levels were achieved.

Yields in most vineyards were down.  Syrah was reportedly off by about 20%, with Grenache producing as little as half its normal yield in some cases.

As these wines are, for the most part, the work of "old world" vintners, oak is not a major part of Gigondas wines.  As a result, the tasters had to really examine the wines through-and-through to see what "makes them tick."  The point spread from top to bottom was much less than in many of our tastings.

Here's what we found:

The Wines Gerald's Rank Ellen's Rank Bob's Rank GROUP RANK Total Points 1sts/2nds/
Lasts
DOMAINE
LE CLOS DES CAZAUX
2001 Gigondas
Cuvée de la Tour Sarrazine
$13.99
4 1 6 7 87 1/1/3
DOMAINE
de COYEUX
2001 Gigondas
$22
1 7 4 2 50 4/2/0
DOMAINE
du GRAND MONTMIRAIL
2001 Gigondas
Les Deux Juliette
$16.99
8 5 8 8 87 1/0/6
DOMAINE
du GRAPILLON D'OR
2001 Gigondas
$23.99
3 4 3 3 55 3/1/2
E. GUIGAL
2000 Gigondas
$19
7 3 7 5 73 1/1/1
CHÂTEAU
de SAINT COSME
2001 Gigondas
$35
6 8 1 4 65 2/3/2
DOMAINE
SAINT-DAMIEN
2001 Gigondas
$25
5 2 5 6 74 1/1/1
DOMAINE
SANTA DUC
2001 Gigondas
$32
2 6 2 1 49 2/6/0

Notes compiled by Gerald with Robert Gorman adding his two cents' worth.




8th Place:  DOMAINE du GRAND MONTMIRAIL 2001 Gigondas
Though designated as an old vines bottling, this wine was one of the lighter and simpler wines of the tasting.  It was flawed only by its lack of intensity.  One taster characterized it as "jug wine."  Another found "weedy, herbal notes suggesting unripe fruit and it's soft on the palate and thin, as well."  Less enticing sounding were the words of another critic who encountered "sour cherry fruit with a whiff of acetone, along with some mouth-coating peppermint essence."  A visiting winemaker with experience in traveling the wine roads of the Rhône Valley found notes of "gum leaf and a nice texture here.  It's a pretty wine with obviously ripe fruit."  But a final critic dismissed this as "not distinctive and rather light."
Bob said "This wine has a candy-like edge to the fruit and some leesy notes; it has nice Rhne character but fails to develop in the glass. On the palate the wine has a soft, ripe Grenache character; it's tasty as a Côtes-du-Rhône , but only so-so as Gigondas.
Gerald faulted this wine for having more "structure than it needs, given the tannin level.  The wine has a nice hint of plummy fruit on the nose with a kirsch-like note to the fruit...certainly a bit warm.  It's a bit tannic and harsh given the lack of really concentrated fruit on the palate.  Still, worth a half-star rating on my three star scale, no stars being ordinary and three being tops."



7th Place: 
LE CLOS DES CAZAUX 2001 Gigondas Cuvée de la Tour Sarrazine
This wine did not elicit any positive commentary from the crowd.  One taster felt this displayed "Brettanomyces" aromas, while another interpreted the nose as having hydrogen sulfide smells.  Another person said it reminded him of "manure," while someone else felt the nose here was "reduced."  Another described it as having a "shellac-like fragrance with questionable fruit."  Someone else detected "stinky notes with burnt rubber, fig-like fruit and very bitter tannins."  Still, another taster found this "rounder than most with a touch of vanilla.  It's not especially complex or distinctive."
Bob described this as a "Big wine; it has a slight H
2S component (hydrogen sulfide/rubber tire); there's curious spice and sulfur; something else! It's one big meaty wine on the palate but the sulfur terroir dominates a bit too much."
Gerald found "ripe berry fruit with a hint of earthiness.  It's got a warm, stewed fruit quality with a mildly resinous character.  On the palate, though, this is a bit coarse and astringent with some earthy and leathery flavors.  It's a nice 'cowboy' Rhne.  One-and-a-half stars."



6th Place: 
2S component (hydrogen sulfide/rubber tire); there's curious spice and sulfur; something else! It's one big meaty wine on the palate but the sulfur terroir dominates a bit too much."
Gerald found "ripe berry fruit with a hint of earthiness.  It's got a warm, stewed fruit quality with a mildly resinous character.  On the palate, though, this is a bit coarse and astringent with some earthy and leathery flavors.  It's a nice 'cowboy' Rhône.  One-and-a-half stars."



6th Place: 
DOMAINE SAINT-DAMIEN 2001 Gigondas
One critic found a "strange cherry fruit with a hint of vanilla and a strong anise note on the finish."  Another taster detected "ripe and jammy fruit with blackcurrants, warm vanilla some blueberry cobbler aromas and challengingly gritty tannins."  Someone else felt it's a "typical Grenache-based blend."  Another panel member found this wine "changed the most over the course of the tasting.  It's got spicy notes with good peppery tones and some rocky, minerally notes."  One taster with the title "winemaker" on his rsum,  told us this wine was made, "at least in part, with a carbonic maceration fermentation and it has a stalky quality on the nose."
Bob found "A slight musty note blows off; there's wet leather (Brettanomyces); Rhone/Gigondas fruit comes through. A tough wine! The fruit almost warrants all that tannin."
Gerald found the fruit here to be highlighted, so perhaps the notion of some whole berry fermentation is correct.  "The wine features lots of berryish fruit with a hint of a woodsy note and some vanillin fragrances.  There's ample fruit on the palate, with some rather aggressive tannins.  This creates a bit of an imbalance, as the wine seems somewhat charming on one level, yet bitter on another.  One star."



5th P
lace:  E. GUIGAL 2000 Gigondas
Our lone 2000 vintage wine in the tasting, we included this since Guigal is one of the most important winemakers in the Rhône.  One critic said "It doesn't have much of a nose, but is medium-bodied and has some strong pepper flavors and is well made.  It's a bit thin and rather straightforward."  Another person found "earthy, slightly metallic notes with some black olives.  Then there's a dank note with gritty tannins and a tart quality.  Bitter on the finish."  Someone else found "ripe, red fruit notes, but it's kind of dull, thin and herbaceous.  A narrow, simple wine without much stuffing."  Another critic encountered a fair bit of wood, saying "this has oak all over it!"
Bob wrote "Here's straightforward Syrah/Grenache Rhone but Gigondas terroir comes up and keeps coming; nice! There's a slight trace of rubber tire. There are herbal/spicy notes on the palate with nice length but the fruit lacks a center."
Gerald found "lots of sweet raspberry aromas to this wine with plenty of fruit and it's easy to like the engaging aromas.  I found it soft and supple on the palate with some berry-like flavors all the way through.  One star."



4th Place:  CHÂTEAU de SAINT COSME 2001 Gigondas
One person characterized this as having a "breakfast nose," since it displays "bacon fat aromas and eggs over easy, but it's overly tannic."  Another panel member found "luscious herbal notes which are so typical of the wines from this area.  There's a touch of banana with nice, gamey notes and a good level of tannin."  Someone else described this as "charming, but not having the depth of the better wines of the tasting."  Another critic liked its "showy nose, being the most fragrant but it petered out on the palate."  Other descriptors include "floral," "nicely balanced," and "strawberry jam with slightly medicinal minty notes."
Bob found "There are hints of cola nut and naphtha with nice bright Syrah/Grenache fruit and a stony terroir; a generous; "racy" wine. A stunningly delicious mouthful; there is some heat and a bitter edge to tannins; the wine is long, tough but splendid!"
Gerald detected a rather resinous character here, which "gave way to more lightly spicy aromas and a hint of a tea-like fragrance.  There are some brown spice aromas, too, but I marked this down on the palate.  It's got a fair bit of heat and some mouth-drying tannins.  The fruit is pleasant, but the tannic finish makes this less charming.  One star."



3rd Place: 
DOMAINE du GRAPILLON D'OR 2001 Gigondas
A fellow sitting in Singleton's usual place encountered "pepper notes and briar with Madagascar cocoa nuances.  Chalky tannins and pepper all the way through with a sweet character at the end."  Another tasting participant found "white pepper and spice notes" here.  A third person found this to be "simple and ripe, but it has volatile acidity which is bothersome."  Another taster knocked this for having an "alcoholic nose."  A fifth critic enjoyed the "best spice and pepper on the nose, but it also has an aldehydic quality which I did not like."
Bob found "Sweet oak and spice and an earthy Gigondas character; there's cola and that classic stones and rocks terroir. Grenache seems to predominate; it's nicely ripe with a slight strawberry jam note."
Gerald found "lots of bright raspberry fruit with a sweet note.  The same elements shine brightly on the palate, with lots of berry fruit and an offsetting and balancing level of tannin.  Two stars."



2nd Place:  DOMAINE de COYEUX 2001 Gigondas
One participant found sweet spicy notes with a hint of manure pungency but some coffee overtones.  It's balanced with tart berry notes and some fennel.  It definitely needs food!"  Another person detected "Hydrogen sulfide at first but this went away after some airing."  Someone else said "this doesn't seem typical of Gigondas as it's rather more Bordeaux-like being somewhat elegant."  Another taster described it as "low in total acidity, high in alcohol and it has suspect structure for cellaring."
Bob encountered "Stunning strawberry/raspberry/cherry notes on the nose (from Grenache/Syrah), terroir (wet stones); some wet leather notes develop in the glass; a bit Pinot-like! Refreshing "tonic-like" entry with nice concentration following through. "
Gerald felt the earthy, leathery aromas were typical of intense southern Rhne wines.  "There's also a hint of a pine or resin aroma and the wine is a bit woodsy.  The structure is good, having mild tannins and good fruit.  The flavors linger nicely on the palate.  Two stars+."




1st Place: 
DOMAINE SANTA DUC 2001 Gigondas
One person joked "This is a violent wine, for it really attacks the palate."  Another person found it to be "coarse and alcoholic, with mint, spearmint notes along with some rhubarb and cherry.  It's also a bit hot."  A third critic liked its "good nose," while someone else said "this has really deep color and good structure as well as opening up nicely in the glass over the course of the tasting."  Another found it to have a "ripe and oaky nose with good intensity and wonderful depth.  It's the most substantial wine of the tasting."  A final critic knocked it for being "hot and bitter."
Bob said "There are deep strawberry/raspberry notes and even some "chocolate covered cherries"; typical Gigondas. Here's a balanced, rugged, earthy, delicious wine; tough but what a mouthful!"
Gerald described the nose as "warm and mildly spicy with an earthy note and some brown spice fragrances.  There's also a hint of pencil shavings to the nose.  It's nicely tannic with good, offsetting fruit so it may be worth cellaring for a few years.  Very good wine.  Two stars+.

 

Please note: The wines tasted are not always wines we have (or have had) in the shop.
Many bottles are merely for our enological exploration.
Price quoted are current at the time of the tasting, but may be different when you're reading this.


WE HAVE NOT ORGANIZED A TASTING IN A WHILE...
BUT WE DO POST THE RESULTS OF A PRIVATE TASTING GROUP THAT'S BEEN MEETING FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS!

We are working on organizing some blind-tastings at the shop.
Send us a note to indicate your interest in participating.
These would be on Wednesday evenings and you'd need to bring 8 wine glasses.

THE VINO-FINO TASTERS
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1996 SAINT-MILION Tasting April 18, 2001

CARNEROS CHARDONNAYS March 21, 2001

1984-1985 NAPA CABERNETS/John Vignau Memorial Tasting  October 20, 2000

1997 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS   September 20, 2000

1998 CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS   August 16, 2000

WINES FROM THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: CLARETS  June 21, 2000

WINES FROM UNDER THE TUSCAN (and Umbrian) SUN   Aprile 19, 2000

1997 BORDEAUX: MEDOC May 17, 2000


 


WEIMAX TASTING ARCHIVE

NAPA CABERNETS 2004 Vintage  March 19, 2008

CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS-2005s  March 13, 2008

OREGON PINOT NOIRS  February 6, 2008

MOSTLY 2004 CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS  April 25, 2007

WASHINGTON STATE CLARETS  April, 11, 2007

2004 NORTHERN RHONE SYRAHS  April 4, 2007

2001 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO  March 28, 2007

2001 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS   November 8, 2006

2003 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  October 18, 2006

2003 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPES-Flight #2  October 4, 2006

OLDER TUSCAN REDS--MOSTLY SANGIOVESES   September 20, 2006

2003 NAPA CABERNETS  July 19, 2006

2003 SAINT EMILIONS  July 12, 2006

CALIFORNIA SYRAHS  2003-2004  July 5, 2006

2004 CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS  June 21, 2006

GRAND CRU BURGUNDIES 2003 VINTAGE  May 31, 2006

CELLAR DWELLERS:  1990 CABERNETS & 1990 BORDEAUX  May 17, 2006

SOUTH AMERICAN CLARETS  May 10, 2006

2003 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE  May 3, 2006

2004 GOLDEN STATE PINOT NOIRS  April 19, 2006

2002 NAPA CABERNETS  March 15, 2006

2003 WEST COAST PINOT NOIRS  March 8, 2006

2003 NORTH COAST ZINFANDELS  March 1, 2006

1996 BURGUNDIES vs. 1997 SONOMA PINOT NOIRS  November 9, 2005

2002 CABERNETS, ETC.   November 2, 2005

2002 NAPA CABERNETS  October 19, 2005

2002 GRAND CRU BURGUNDIES  September 14, 2005

2002 RED BURGUNDIES   September 7, 2005

2002 MEURSAULTS  August 31, 2005

NORTHERN RHNE SYRAHS  August 17, 2005

HIGHLY-REGARDED AUSSIE SHIRAZ  August 10, 2005

AUSSIE SHIRAZ UNDER $60  August 3, 2005

STUPIDLY-PRICED SPANISH TEMPRANILLO WINES  June 8, 2005

RANDOM CALIFORNIA SYRAHS  June 1, 2005

2002 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  May 18, 2005

2001 NAPA CABERNETS  May 11, 2005

OREGON PINOT NOIRS-2002 & 2003 VINTAGE WINES   April 27, 2005

CELLAR DWELLERS: 1990 BURGUNDIES and a COUPLE OF CALIFORNIA PINOTS  April 6, 2005

CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS (Mostly 2002s)  MARCH 16, 2002

1999 BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO  March 9, 2005

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE CLARETS  March 2, 2005

PETITE SIRAHS  February 16, 2005

ROS CHAMPAGNES AND CALIFORNIA PINK BUBBLIES   February 9, 2005

CELLAR DWELLERS: 1991 CABERNET SAUVIGNONS   January 19, 2005

2001 FAMOUS AND INFAMOUS CABERNETS  November 10, 2004

2001 Napa CABERNETS  November 3, 2004

WEST COAST SYRAHS  October 20, 2004

1990 RED BORDEAUX & CALIFORNIA CLARETS  October 13, 2004

SPANISH TEMPRANILLOS of 1999 & 2000  September 29, 2004

2002 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET  September 8, 2004

2002 CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET  September 1, 2004

UNDER THE RADAR PINOT NOIRS  August 18, 2004

2001 SAINT-JULIEN & PAUILLACS  July 21, 2004

2001 MARGAUX  July 14, 2004

CELLAR DWELLERS: 1982 BORDEAUX  July 7, 2004

2001 POMEROLS  June 30, 2004

2001 SAINT MILIONS  June 16, 2004

2000 CLOS de VOUGEOT (and a ringer) MAY 12, 2004

2001 OREGON PINOT NOIRS  May 5, 2004

2001 CALIFORNIA MERLOTS  April 21, 2004

1994 WEST COAST CABERNETS  APRIL 14, 2004

1999-2000 BORDEAUX COMPARISON
March 10, 2004

1999 BAROLO March 3, 2004

2000 Deluxe Napa CABERNETS  February 18, 2004

2000 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS $50 & Under   February 11, 2004

1998 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO  February 4, 2004

TURLEY ZINFANDELS  1995 & 1999 Vintages   January 7, 2004

2000 PRESTIGIOUS WEST COAST CABERNETS  November 12, 2003

1999 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  November 5, 2003

SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS PINOT NOIRS  October 29, 2003

MOSTLY 2001 VINTAGE GIGONDAS October 22, 2003

SPANISH TEMPRANILLO WINES October 9, 2003

SPARKLING WINES-METHODE CHAMPENOISE  October 1, 2003

1996 (Mostly) AUSTRALIAN (Mostly) SHIRAZ September 24, 2003

2000 NUITS-ST.-GEORGES  September 10, 2003

PRIORATO WINES FROM SPAIN  September 3, 2003

WEST COAST SANGIOVESES  August 27, 2003

2000 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET (Mostly Premier Cru Wines)  August 13, 2003

2000 CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY  August 6, 2003

2000 NAPA CABERNETS  July 30, 2003

1999 TUSCAN SANGIOVESE-BASED WINES  July 23, 2003

2000 VINTAGE MERLOTS  July 9, 2003

SYRAHS FROM HITHER & YON  July 2, 2003

2001 CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS  June 25, 2003

NEW PINOT NOIRS  June 4, 2003

1999 NAPA CABERNETS May 28, 2003

1994 PINOT NOIRS  May 14, 2003

CHILEAN CLARETS  May 7, 2003

PETITE SIRAHS of Current Release.
April 30, 2003


1999 CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHETS  Premier Cru Selections   April 9, 2003

1999 GRAND CRU'S of GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN  April 2, 2003

1999-2000 SOUTHERN FRENCH REDS (RHONE WANNABE'S)  MARCH 26, 2003

1995-1996 VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE TASTING MARCH 12, 2003

2000 CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE TASTING  MARCH 5, 2003 

2000 NAPA VALLEY CABERNET TASTING  FEBRUARY 26th, 2003

1990 FRENCH RED BURGUNDY TASTING  February 12, 2003

1999 & 2000 CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS  November 13, 2002

1999 NAPA CABERNETS  November 6, 2002

1997 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO  OCTOBER 30, 2002

AUSSIE SHIRAZ TASTING  OCTOBER 23, 2002

1999 CHATEAUNEUF-du-PAPE TASTING  October 9, 2002

1999 NAPA CABERNETS  September 25, 2002

1999 WASHINGTON STATE CABERNETS  September 11, 2002

1991 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  September 4, 2002

1999 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 1er Cru Tasting  August 28, 2002

AUSTRALIAN CABERNETS (Mostly 1999s) August 14, 2002

1999 FRENCH BURGUNDY July 24, 2002

1999 GRAVES BLANC July 10, 2002

2000 CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY  July 3, 2002

1999/2000 CONDRIEU TASTING  June 26, 2002

1999 PAUILLAC & SAINT JULIEN TASTING  June 12, 2002

1999 MARGAUX TASTING  June 5, 2002

1985 CABERNETS & MEDOC TASTING May 29, 2002

1998 California CABERNETS   May 22, 2002

South American MALBEC May 8, 2002

1999 West Coast MERLOTS  May 1, 2002

Central Coast (California) PINOT NOIRS  April 24, 2002

2001 Southern Hemisphere SAUVIGNON BLANCS  April 10, 2002

1999 CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS  April 3, 2002

1999 FRENCH RHÔNE SYRAHS February 13, 2002

(Mostly) 1999 CALIFORNIA SYRAHS January 30, 2002

MORE 1997 BAROLO  January 23, 2002

1997 Late-Released CABERNETS  January 9, 2002

1997 BAROLO  October 24, 2001

1985-1990 RED BURGUNDIES  October 10, 2001

1998 Grand Crus of Gevrey Chambertin  October 3, 2001

PRIORAT WINES  September 26, 2001

1998 CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE September 12, 2001

1999 "High Roller" CHARDONNAYS  September 5, 2001

1998 BORDEAUX  August 22, 2001

1999 WEST COAST PINOT NOIRS August 8, 2001

1997 VOSNE-ROMANÉE Tasting  August 1, 2001

1999 CALIFORNIA ZINS  July 25, 2001

1998 CABERNET SAUVIGNONS  July 11,  2001

OLD CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS June 6, 2001

1997 ECHEZEAUX May 30, 2001

1999 NORTH COAST ZINFANDELS May 23, 2001

1999 West Coast Merlots May 9, 2001

1999 WEST COAST PINOT NOIRS May 2, 2001

1997 BARBARESCO  April 25, 2001

Mostly RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIRS  April 11, 2001

1997 NAPA CABERNETS April 4, 2001

1995 BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO March 28, 2001

1997 CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY & MOREY SAINT DENIS
with one 1996...March 14, 2001

1997 GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN  March 7, 2001

1996 BAROLO  February 28, 2001

1978-1979 California Cabernets January 10, 2001

1997 California Cabernets November 8, 2000

1997 TUSCAN SANGIOVESES  November 1, 2000

1997-1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape & CALIFORNIA WANNABEEs  October 25, 2000

Mostly 1998 PINOT NOIRS  October 11, 2000

1996 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  October 4, 2000

MATURE CLARETS  September 27, 2000

1997 RED BORDEAUX  September 13, 2000

1997 NAPA CABERNETS   September 6, 2000

1998 CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS   August 30, 2000

1997 CLOS DE VOUGEOTS August 23, 2000

PETITE SIRAH & SYRAH (West Coast)  August 9, 2000

FANCY CALIFORNIA MERLOTS   August 2, 2000

1996 FAMOUS CALIFORNIA CABERNETS  June 14, 2000

WEST COAST SYRAHS  June 7, 2000

1997 CABERNETS  May 31, 2000

VIOGNIERS of RECENT VINTAGE May 24, 2000

1997-1998 ZINFANDELS  May 10, 2000

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE CLARETS May 3, 2000

1996 California CABERNETS  April 12, 2000

1996 FRENCH RED BURGUNDIES   March 29, 2000

CALIFORNIA vs ITALIAN (Tuscan) SANGIOVESE  March 22, 2000

WEST COAST PINOT NOIRS  March 8, 2000

AUSSIE SHIRAZ TASTING  March 1, 2000

FRENCH CHAMPAGNES (NV BRUTS)  January 5, 2000

1996 BORDEAUX (MEDOC) TASTING  November 10, 1999

CABERNET-INFLUENCED VINI FROM ITALY November 3, 1999

CABERNETS OF THE WORLD TASTING October 27, 1999

 

 

 

 




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