Gigondas 2010 and 2011: panel tasting results
Arnoux & Fils, Vieux Clocher, Nobles Terrasses, 2011
Decanter average score: 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judges' scores: Gearoid Devaney MS 18.5 Christian Hinorez 18.5 John Livingstone-Learmonth 18.5
The Arnoux family has owned vineyards at Vacqueyras since the 18th century; today a total of 40ha. It also acts as merchants for wines from Gigondas, Beaumes-de-Venise, Cairanne and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This wine (70% Grenache, 30% Syrah) matures in large oak barrels for less than a year, and comes in part from low sites between Gigondas and Sablet and part from the plateau. Jean-François Arnoux, who likes ‘structured wines, with an emphasis on fruit, capable of drinking at between two to 10 years old’, is pleased with results from what he terms the tricky 2011 vintage.
Gearoid Devaney MS: Great nose of black fruits and spice, with a lovely hint of rosemary. Opening attack on the palate is a lovely freshness to the fruits and tannins, the oak is well managed, and the finish is vibrant and long.
Christian Honorez: Sweet cinnamon and clove aromas. Lots on the palate, with plenty of Provençal herbs, roasted meat and great length. Beautiful.
John Livingstone-Learmonth: At first the nose is at arm’s length, but develops complexity and local appeal. There is latent black cherry fruit and a note of dark chocolate, black raisin and laurel. The attack is well judged, with a free flow of black fruit and Morello cherry. Modern, tasty and long. Time will help. Very complete for 2011 Gigondas.
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