Deep ruby in colour with a subtle nose of ripe black fruit, soft liquorice, plum and stone fruits. In the mouth, it is racy and elegant. Thanks to its long ageing period, it has surprinsingly smooth and and mellow tannins and will drink well over the next 15 years.
The 2010 Gigondas Le Lieu-Dit is a blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah aged totally in 2- to 5-year-old small oak casks. Le Lieu-Dit is a special 2.47-acre, hillside parcel situated at an altitude of 300 meters. The soil is essentially all sand, which seems to be the perfect foil for Grenache in the southern Rhone. This majestic effort reveals full-bodied intensity, gorgeously pure notes of raspberries, cherries, lavender and licorice and lots of glycerin (the alcohol must be around 15%). One of the finest wines of the vintage, this killer effort should drink well for 15+ years. 94/100 Robert Parker