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Domaine des Espiers, Gigondas, Cuvée des Blaches, 2013

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Extravagantly flavoured, well-oaked example of tiny volume: Turkish delight - vivid red fruit and chocolate.  Now-2021

Domaine des Espiers, Gigondas, Cuvée des Blaches, 2010

Product Code: ESP213

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Full Bodied

Rated 4 out of 5
Light > Full
  • Origin: France
  • Region: Rhône
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Colour: Red
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 14.5%
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The Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet, from Philippe’s vineyards on the better land on the slopes above the village towards Seguret, is largely Grenache but with about 30% Syrah. The Gigondas is about 2/3 Grenache and 1/3 Syrah, about a third raised for 6 months in old oak demi-muids, not to lend oak flavour but just to round it out. The Les Blaches cuvée (he makes only about 2000-2500 bottles of this) includes a little more Syrah from his best plots of old vines (and Philippe says these are of the small-berried northern Rhône Serine), and takes the oak further (though only 15% new barrels) to create a sumptuous and showy bottle.

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