Gigondas, Château Raspail 2016
Gigondas is the greatest of the small appellations in the Southern Rhône and Château Raspail, run by the hugely talented Christian Meffre, makes one of its best wines.
The Gigondas hill (actually a small mountain) is a mix of red clay and rock that provides that unique Gigondas taste of rich dark fruit with a hint of spice and dust. Château Raspail 2016 is a wonderful example from an excellent vintage in the Southern Rhône that is now approaching full maturity. I opened a bottle at the weekend to drink with venison and followed with mature cheddar - a match made in gastronomic heaven.
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How does the wine taste?
A medium bodied Gigondas, with ripe red fruits and white pepper notes. 2016 was a brilliant vintage, and this certainly shows through a delightful balance between elegance, structure and fruit. With tannins this velvety and at 5 years old, its in its prime.
What do the critics say?
"It's big and brooding; rich, expressive and terroir-driven."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator
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