Tardieu-Laurent Gigondas Vieilles Vignes 2009
The most provocative wine, and to my palate, the most complex, is the 2009 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes. With notes of bay leaf, crushed rock, blueberry, raspberry, and spring flowers, the wine has terrific stuffing and full-bodied richness. It is a heck of a Gigondas that should drink nicely for 10-15 years.
Despite incredible levels of ripeness - evidenced by notes of chocolate and dried fruit - this wine features a bit of garrigue on the nose and licorive flavors on the palate, which together impart a sense of freshness. Full bodied and richly textured, it ends in a silky dusting of cocoa powder-like tannins.
Dark purple. A smoky, complex bouquet evokes dark fruit preserves, floral oils, licorice and peppery spices. Lush and expansive, offering deep blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a smooth, seamless texture. Closes with gentle tannic grip, very good persistence and lingering dark fruit notes.