Gabriel Meffre, Le Roc Des Dentelles, AOC Gigondas, Vaucluse, PACA, France, 2014
Awarded AOC status in 1971, the Gigondas vineyard lies to the west and so in the shadow and at feet of the main geological feature of the area, the Dentelles de Montmirail, which rise to over 600m above sea level. It is held in high regard, perhaps first in line of the villages after Chateauneuf-du-Pape .
The vineyard runs down slope from the foot of the Dentelles at 550m on clay soils, towards the river Ouveze on soils of a progressively alluvial stony-sandy character.
Production is 99% red, with a little rose. There are 5 co-ops. Varieties in decreasing importance are grenache noir (up to 80%), syrah and mourvedre (together a minimum of 15%), cinsaut, and then all other varieties permitted within the Cote du Rhone appellation, excepting carignan.
This wine: lot No. L181364, a blend of grenache noir, syrah and mourvedre, Diam 3 agglomerate cork closure, 13.5% abv, Waitrose, £15 (06/18)
Consumer tasting note: ruby hued, with aromas of ripe black cherry and liquorice, spicy with a hint of dark chocolate; medium bodied, with a palate of ripe black cherry edged with delicate black berry, and savoury spicy red plum jam. Finishes medium-long. Decant for 30-60 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears [no sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of black cherry edged with hints of black liquorice and a slightly creamy-lactic dimension, a spicy smoky edge, hint of dark chocolate, hint of well hung beef edged with struck match, red plum jam, lightly tarred black liquorice, beeswax, dried herbs, hint of marzipan.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of squashed ripe black cherry edged with more delicate black berry, savoury, red plum jam, a spicy edge. A medium (+) length with a clean black cherry edged with red plum jam lightly savoury finish.
Quality: very good, well-balanced fresh acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, altogether suiting the flavour intensity; showing better than moderate complexity, with spicy smoky evidence of time in well-integrated large format not new oak, and in bottle with notes of chocolate and beeswax; better than moderate concentration and length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will hold for 2-3 years – a sound structure and balance, and whilst quite complex and somewhat developed, lacks the intensity, concentration and indicative length to suggest further cellaring potential.
- Coates, C. (2000). The Wines and Domaines of France. Cassel & Co.