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Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Spectator, 92 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar
Region: Gigondas, Rhone, France
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 113358
Gigondas La Gille is bright ruby red with purple undertones. Notes of cherries, thyme, blackberries. On the mouth, it is round and full-bodied with elegant tannins and great balance.
Nicely packed, with tightly wound espresso, graphite and black tea notes still harnessing the core of crushed plum, steeped black currant and charcoal. The long, smoldering finish has racy acidity. Best from 2013 through 2019.
The 2009s I tasted from Perrin et Fils include the 2009 Gigondas La Gille, which has lived up to my expectations. This brilliant wine exhibits lots of fat, sumptuous red and black fruit, roasted herb, new saddle leather and licorice characteristics in a full-bodied, supple textured style. The vintage's lower acidity and higher alcohols offer a dramatic contrast to the precise, higher acid, denser, seemingly cooler climate 2010s. Nevertheless, this is hedonism at its finest, and this cuvee should age well for a decade.
Vivid ruby. Ripe red fruits and lavender pastille on the highly perfumed nose. Ripe and fleshy on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and suggestions of star anise and white pepper. Shows a suave blend of richness and vivacity and finishes with excellent clarity and lingering florality. I really like this wine's balance. Note the name change from "Perrin & Fils" to "Famille Perrin" that begins with the 2010 vintage.