Gigondas, Rhone, France
Wine Advocate 94 points! Vinous 90-92!
Piaugier Gigondas is a beautiful Grenache blend from vineyards surrounding the town of Gigondas in the southern Rhone. Domaine de Piaugier calls the Côtes du Rhône village of Sablet home. In and around this village known for its sandy soils (sable = sand in French), the Autran family owns 30 hectares of vines dominated by Grenache but accompanied by assorted red and white Rhône varieties. Organically farmed and hand harvested. Vinified in concrete vats. Aged in 30 HL foudres for 18 months. This Gigondas has the characteristic power for which the appellation is known, coupled with supple textures and notable elegance.
"A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah, all aged in foudre, Piaugier's 2016 Gigondas is a top-flight offering. Boasting explosive aromas of flowering garrigue and black cherries, this is full-bodied, creamy-supple in texture and easy to drink, but concentrated nonetheless. It really shines on the velvety finish, adding complex notes of dried spices and earth. This is one estate that's recently raised its game." Drink 2018-2028-Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 94 points!
Enjoy Piaugier Gigondas with lamb chops, skirt steak, burgers and grilled vegetables.