Gigondas 2010 and 2011: panel tasting results
Domaine St-Gayan, 2010
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
Jean-Pierre Meffre is the man to go to if you want climate or vineyard micro-details on any vintage; he is a true compendium of knowledge and observation. His domaine principally covers Gigondas (17ha), Rasteau (5ha) and Sablet (11ha). He likes to take his time, and releases his wines after 30 months; the Gigondas is centred on 80% Grenache, with Syrah and a little Mourvèdre that are all over 50 years’ old. His wines possess genuine depth, and are lined with clear-cut tannins in the leading years.
Gearoid Devaney MS: A lot of red cherry on the nose mixed with floral aromas. Palate is fresh with tannins both from the wood and the fruit, with spicy black fruits coming through as well as red berries.
Christian Honorez: Sweet and rich nose with lots of black fruit notes. Quite oaky and rich with meaty flavours. This is a powerful wine with lots of richness, complexity and strong tannins.
John Livingstone-Learmonth: White pepper aroma with a note of salt, chocolate and a touch of black fruit. This is good, classic Gigondas with definite muscle and charge, a note of red meat and image of strength as it moves along. Has a polished, fulfilling finish. A complete wine with high-quality fruit and grainy tannins that help to impel it and leave it clear and satisfying. Lovely balance.
Price: £16.25 Yapp Bros